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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Calls for Unemployment Relief

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

By    |   Monday, 30 November 2020 04:53 PM

Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis called on Congress to release more aid for those who were made unemployed by the coronavirus pandemic, Politico reports.

Congress should have voted on relief legislation "months ago," DeSantis told reporters Monday, while in the central Florida city of Kissimmee, where many workers from Walt Disney World live. Disney recently announced plans to lay off 18,000 workers at the Orlando theme park, which has reopened despite the ongoing pandemic.

DeSantis claimed California is responsible for the layoffs, since the state's policies, along with federal guidelines, caused Disneyland to close its theme parks during the pandemic.

"The reason why a lot of people are unemployed is because of federal policies," the governor said, adding Disney closed its parks "because of what these federal experts were saying to do."

Politico noted, Florida's own unemployment system "imploded" during the summer, receiving over $150 million in emergency funds and still failing to provide assistance to thousands of unemployed in the state.

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