In what will likely come as absolutely no surprise to anyone who has been capable of fogging a mirror for the last few years, Senate Democrats have decided to write a sternly-worded email to the Trump administration questioning their response to the Covid-19 outbreak, demanding they increase spending immediately.
26 Democrats including Patty Murray, ranking member of the Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee, Minority Leader Charles Schumer, and Presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar signed the letter claiming Alex Azar (secretary of the Health and Human Services Department) and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney are skimping on efforts to contain the coronavirus and should immediately request additional funds.
“We remain deeply concerned,” the Senators begin, “that the virus is not only a serious emergency for China, but a very grave threat for the rest of the world.”
And while they “appreciate” the efforts underway, the Democrats question the resources allocated and claim that “pulling funds from other critical programs with HHS is not the solution,” preferring instead that big government gets bigger and an additional supplemental budget be requested to cover the escalating costs of travel screening, isolation and quarantine, staffing, and equipment for the response.
Officials from the agencies involved have told Congress they have enough money to handle the crisis, and haven’t made a supplemental funding request.
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