Bill would generate an estimated $10 billion in funding towards finding a cure for the Coronavirus
In what may be the most combative legislature to date to actually de-fund Trump’s ridiculous border wall Senator Warren has introduced legislation that would essentially de-fund the wall and use the funds to fight the Coronavirus outbreak.
United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, today unveiled legislation, the Prioritizing Pandemic Prevention Act, requiring all funds that have been appropriated to build a border wall-including funds directly appropriated by Congress and funds diverted by the executive branch from other accounts-to be immediately transferred to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for the purpose of combatting the novel coronavirus.
“The coronavirus outbreak poses serious health, diplomatic, and economic threats to the United States, and we must be prepared to confront it head-on,” said Senator Warren. “Rather than use taxpayer dollars to pay for a monument to hate and division, my bill will help ensure that the federal government has the resources it needs to adequately respond to this emergency.”
Currently, more than 81,000 people have contracted the coronavirus, which is highly communicable and has killed approximately 3,000 people. The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, and HHS Secretary Alex Azar has declared it a public health emergency in the United States. In addition, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced that Americans should “prepare in the expectation that [a U.S. coronavirus outbreak] will be bad” and stated that “it’s not so much a question of if this will happen…but rather…a question of…when.”
Well at least we would be doing something helpful with that money I suppose.