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Mitch McConnell makes first public Kentucky visit since March

Posted at 10:17 PM, May 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-26 22:38:21-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — During his first public visit to Kentucky since March, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made stops in Lexington and Louisville praising the state's front-line medical workers.

At a news conference outside UK hospital, he praised those working directly with COVID-19 and touted his rescue package, the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act).

Senator McConnell says the key to improving the economy after the pandemic is finding a vaccine.

"There are three things essential to get back to normalcy: testing, treatment and a vaccine" said McConnell.

He said new legislation could be passed soon to provide liability protection for small businesses and healthcare workers.

"What will be in it for sure, if there's another bill, that's liability protection so that the healthcare workers, small businesses the universities reopening in the fall can be assured there won't be a second epidemic of litigation," McConnel said.

When asked when the country will eventually "dig out" from the financial impact of the virus, McConnell said, "I can't answer your question, no one can, we're still praying for a speedy recovery. Remember what the economy looked like in February? It now looks like the depression, I don't know the answer to that question."