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Richard Shelby, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman announced the news in a press release. The funding he claimed is not a political matter but a safety matter for the American people.
“This should not be about politics; this is about doing our job to protect the American people from a potential pandemic. We worked together to craft an aggressive and comprehensive response that provides the resources the experts say they need to combat this crisis. I thank my colleagues for their cooperation and appreciate President Trump’s eagerness to sign this legislation and get the funding out the door without delay.”
– Richard Shelby
The proposal will provide over 7.7 Billion to combat the deadly coronavirus. The plan is for eighty-five percent of that funding to be spent domestically.
The coronavirus in the United States has exceeded 100 cases and there have been 9 deaths reported as of today. All of the deaths have occurred in Washington State.
The proposed bill will still need to pass through the House and the Senate before President Trump will sign it into law.
The proposed bill for over 7.7 Billion is more than three times the intial amount requested which was 2.5 Billion.
The Senate heard on Tuesday from top health officials regarding the coronavirus. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer also spoke on the Senate floor on Wednesday.
“We need to know who is infected in order to contain the spread of the virus and treat any American affected by the diseases. We asked the administration about the availability of testing kits but they could not answer how soon hospitals, medical labs, and public health centers would receive the tests, and if they would have enough of them to do the amount of testing required, fast enough,”
– Chuck Schumer
As the Coronavirus continues to spread in the U.S. various states and counties are starting to declare states of emergency to open up the ability to get more assistance should they need it.