House Republicans in states and cities with budget shortfalls and struggling economies are more open to a larger coronavirus relief package than those in areas that are financially stable.
Most Republicans in Congress want a narrow stimulus package that focuses on struggling businesses and schools while being opposed to state, local, and tribal funding, a key point of disagreement with Democrats in the ongoing stimulus negotiations. However, Republicans in vulnerable states, those with a greater need for financial assistance in order to balance their budgets and keep their local governments running, are more supportive of a package that spends more on state and local aid, according to multiple GOP aides who spoke with the Washington Examiner.
Red states are facing large budget shortfalls and are in need of federal assistance, even though congressional Republican leaders have portrayed the problem as one affecting Democratic-led states only.
Louisiana, Kentucky, Florida, Missouri, and Arizona, among others, are facing revenue shortfalls