FLASHBACK: State Republicans Said No to Federal Funding

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WASHINGTON — Republicans said they didn’t want federal aid for states, falsely parroting a talking point that only “blue states” would benefit. Now, as red states are facing looming budget deficits, Republicans have refused to reverse course on their refusal of federal aid. Rejecting federal aid means essential workers, teachers, police officers and others on the frontlines fighting the virus will be starved for funding.

“Republican lawmakers have downplayed the severity of the virus and instead of fighting for federal recovery funds, they’re saying ‘no thanks,’” said Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee President Jessica Post. “The GOP should be fighting tooth and nail for funds for their communities; instead, they’re giving national Republicans cover.”

Across the country, Republicans lawmakers made their opposition to relief aid clear: