Warren Introduces Bill To Move Money From Trump’s Wall To Coronavirus Measures
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced a bill on Thursday that would redirect funding for President Donald Trump’s border wall to coronavirus response funds, according to The Hill.
Warren’s office said the measure “would result in approximately $10 billion being shifted from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS),” the news outlet reported.
In a statement, the Democratic presidential candidate said, “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.”
The Trump administration’s $2.5 billion plan for funding coronavirus measures involves pulling money from several existing programs, some of which assist low-income Americans — a move that Democrats appear united against.
Democrats have also balked at the overall amount of funding proposed by the administration, insisting it is not enough to adequately address the threat. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is requesting $8.5 billion for the efforts, The Hill noted.
“The United States government must do more to address the spread of the deadly coronavirus in a smart, strategic, and serious way and we stand ready to work in a bipartisan fashion in Congress and with the administration to achieve this necessary goal,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Schumer said in a joint statement on Thursday.