Budget toll from virus hits both Democratic, GOP-led states

  • FILE - This March 5, 2013, file photo, shows Trinidad Drilling rigs near Highway 59 outside of Douglas, Wyo. Congressional Republicans say they are against providing additional coronavirus aid to state and local governments because they claim it would “bail out” states run by Democrats. But the pandemic-induced tax drop-off is hitting Democratic and Republican states alike. Among states hit hard are those led by Republicans, including energy-dependent Alaska, North Dakota and Wyoming, and tourism-heavy Florida. (Leah Millis/The Casper Star-Tribune via AP, File)

No “blue state bailout” is a rallying cry for many congressional Republicans as attempts to provide more federal aid to a nation stricken by an ever-worsening coronavirus pandemic remain stuck in neutral.