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

United States Senator Tina Smith told KMRS that she is pushing for aid to childcare centers in the next COVID relief bill, saying they are vitally important for the economy.

“I wrote this bill, bipartisan bill, that passed the U.S. House that would get support to family and child care providers and help them to stay in business, help them to improve their facilities so that they have better air circulation, for example, give them additional dollars for deep cleaning and the things that they need to do because of COVID,” said Smith. “And also, I think, help them build back stronger so that they’ll be there for the long run, because child care is like the basic infrastructure for our economy and we need to make sure that those centers are there.”

While the bill passed the U.S. House, Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has refused to bring it up for a vote in the Senate, which Smith said was “disappointing.”

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