House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Saturday sent a letter to colleagues announcing plans to bring an emergency funding bill for the coronavirus to the floor for a vote next week.

Although she did not indicate a price tag, she said the funding package must be new money and “not stolen from other accounts.” She said House appropriators will work to ensure there is a firewall around the funds so the president cannot use the money for anything other than fighting the coronavirus.

“An important step that Congress must take is to ensure the government has the resources needed to combat this deadly virus and keep Americans safe,” Pelosi wrote. “To that end, House appropriators are working to advance a strong emergency funding supplemental package that fully addresses the scale and seriousness of this public health crisis, which we hope to bring to the Floor next week.” 

Pelosi said the funding package should also include money to make eventual vaccines available to everyone, loans for small businesses hurt by disruptions, and reimbursement for state and local governments responding to outbreaks.

Trump has said repeatedly that he will accept any amount of money Congress agrees on for the coronavirus, leaving the perennial fight over how much to spend on a crisis and where to get it from to House Democrats and Senate Republicans to figure out.

source: The Washington Post

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