It has been reported today that the Trump administration is attempting to block billions of dollars to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that GOP senators want to give the agency as it continues to battle COVID-19 on the front lines.
Democratic House Rep Adam Schiff said of the news that “Anyone in the White House who is trying to cut funding for states to do testing and tracing or wants to cut funding for the CDC,” while “may not need help getting tested themselves (they get all personal tests they want),” then they “should have their heads examined.”
Anyone in the White House who is trying to cut funding for states to do testing and tracing,— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) July 18, 2020
Or wants to cut funding for the CDC,
May not need help getting tested themselves (they get all personal tests they want),
But they should have their heads examined. https://t.co/g4iLmqtqgO
According to the report, the administration also wanted to take out billions of dollars that would go to the Pentagon and State Department to allow them to better combat the pandemic both domestically and internationally.
From The Hill:
While the talks were fluid, the officials said, the administration’s stance perturbed some GOP senators, who want the money to stay in the bill.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) signaled this week that Senate Republicans’ version of a new COVID-19 relief package could be unveiled this coming week, as both the Senate and the House return to session.
While House Democrats passed a relief package at the end of May, McConnell has made it clear that the bill would go nowhere in the Republican-controlled Senate.
It doesn’t appear that the House Democrats and Senate Republicans are anywhere close to having an agreed upon package, and any friction between GOP senators and the White House would only widen the quagmire.
The next potential coronavirus relief bill comes as the U.S. is struggling to fight off a resurgence of COVID-19.
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