U.S. Sen. Tina Smith (D-Minn.)

Minnesota U.S. Senator Tina Smith is supporting efforts to include $50 billion to help stabilize child care centers in the next coronavirus relief package that Congress will debate. Smith told the KMRS Community Connection that the $3.5 billion that was earmarked for child care centers in the original CARES Act was not enough.

“I know that sounds like a lot of money, but just think about it,” said Smith. “We had some individual companies that told the federal government they needed that amount of money to be able to keep going. And we spent $50 billion to help the airline industry, which is only three or four companies. But child care is something that is absolutely essential for our families and for our economy in every part of the country.”

Smith said child care centers often need help securing cleaning supplies, which this bill would in part address. She also said 50 percent of Minnesota child care providers are at risk of going out of business.

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