(NewsReady.com) – The decision on how to fund the coronavirus response efforts and how much to allocate towards that goal has hit a roadblock in Congress.
President Trump asked for $2.5 billion in additional funding, while Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called for $8.5 billion. This discrepancy in how much to spend caused Congress to all but halt other discussions and deliberate on this point. While an exact number isn’t certain, Congress expects to allocate between $7 and $7.5 billion.
However, the topic of the renewal of the Patriot Act coming soon, the coronavirus funding bill may include something addressing the Patriot Act as well:
Surveillance hawks in Congress looking to combine coronavirus funding w/ Patriot Act reauthorization — to force through passage of the latter.
— Sam Adler-Bell (@SamAdlerBell) February 28, 2020
Some Republicans are also concerned that the delay in the coronavirus funding bill was, in part, to criticize Trump.
🛑#Pelosi! “It’s time to put our PEOPLE head of POLITICS!”
— 💎JewelyBlue💎88022✨Text TRUMP (@Jewel4Trump) March 3, 2020
We’ll update you as more information becomes available.
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