Biden Asks For More Money

Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Enough is enough.

According to a report by Fox News, two people familiar with the Biden administrations’ plans revealed the administration will be seeking an additional $30 billion to fight the ongoing pandemic.

According to the sources, the administration would be seeking $17.9 billion for vaccines and treatments, $4.9 billion for testing, $3 billion for coverage of uninsured people with Covid-19, and $3.7 billion for preparing for future variants.

These statements seem to have been corroborated by Missouri Republican Senator Roy Blunt, who told reporters that after talking to Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, he thinks Democrats are “going to be proposing a $30 billion supplemental.”

On Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Psaki confirmed the administration would be seeking more funding for the pandemic but failed to specify the amount.
Discussing the plans to seek funding, Psaki said, “While we continue to have sufficient funds to respond to the current omicron surge in the coming weeks, our goal has always been to ensure that we are well prepared to stay ahead of the virus.”

So far, Congress has already approved $5.8 trillion to battle the pandemic, according to data from a nonpartisan group, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. This amount spans both the Biden and Trump administration and doesn’t include the actions taken by the Federal Reserve to sustain the economy.

Psaki also revealed that most of the money from President Biden’s 2021 coronavirus relief bill had either been spent or allocated, adding that 90% of the funds went to priorities like testing, vaccines, and assistance for schools.

This latest request for supplemental funding may not fare well in Congress as Republicans would like more money to go to small businesses still dealing with the fallout from the pandemic and restrictions. Progressives, however, would like to spend more on vaccinating the world’s population.