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ICYMI: Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear Urges Congress to Include State Aid in Next COVID-19 Stimulus

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“Doing the right thing in the midst of an international pandemic shouldn’t be that hard.”

During an MSNBC interview on Wednesday, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear pleaded with Congress to continue the expanded unemployment benefits and include substantial aid for states in the next COVID-19 relief bill. Senate Republicans’ current proposal includes zero dollars for states and substantial cuts to unemployment benefits.

Gov. Beshear, who is the governor of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s state, explained that Kentucky would be forced to make the largest cuts in its history without federal aid. Gov. Beshear pushed back on the “frustrating” political games going on in D.C. and suggested Congress push “all the rest aside” and get things done “instead of let’s horse trade back and forth.”

Without federal assistance, states across the country will likely be forced to cut services Americans desperately need to get back on their feet, including health care, unemployment, and education. Gov. Beshear pointed out: “If we have the deepest budget cuts in our history, how many teachers are going to be there to actually provide that education for our students? This is all connected. Let’s make sure we do it right.”

Watch Gov. Beshear on MSNBC here.