Even as President Trump calls for the U.S. to re-open for business, a fellow Republican, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, has asked Trump to support a major disaster declaration for Kentucky.
Paul sent a letter to the president today, urging him to approve Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear’s request for a major disaster declaration for Kentucky as it responds to the novel coronavirus pandemic, Paul’s office said in a press release.
Paul is also joining other members of Kentucky’s federal delegation in sending a separate letter on the aid to President Trump.
“The COVID-19 pandemic threatens – and will continue to threaten – lives and the public health throughout Kentucky. Accordingly, on March 6, 2020, Gov. Beshear declared the Commonwealth of Kentucky to be in a State of Emergency for purposes of mobilizing state response and relief resources, including the Kentucky National Guard,” Paul said in his letter.
“I respectfully urge you to promptly consider this request by Governor Beshear. Additionally, I ask that you work to expedite delivery of the 100,000 test kits and 5,000 swabs that have been requested by the Commonwealth of Kentucky,” he continued.
On March 16, Paul sent Trump a letter asking him in advance “to promptly consider any and all requests for federal aid that are made by Governor Beshear” to assist Kentucky in its response efforts, the release said.
In addition to his work to ensure a swift and decisive response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, Paul has released a wide-ranging list of federal agency actions and resources on his website to help Kentuckians quickly find information on topics such as unemployment benefits, small business loans, scams related to the pandemic, H-2A/agriculture labor, guidance for Medicare recipients and Medicare providers, and more.