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

United States Senator Tina Smith told KMRS that she will continue to push her bill that provides support to child care providers, hoping it will be included in the next COVID relief package.

“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.”

The bill Smith helped write passed the U.S. House, but has hit a roadblock in the Senate as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has refused to bring it up for a vote in that chamber. As written, the bill would give dollars to child care providers for deep cleaning and other things the facilities need to deal with COVID.

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