GOP Senate Appropriations Chair Says Trump is ‘Lowballing’ Coronavirus Request

The chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee is claiming that he believes the request for coronavirus funding by President Trump was too low.

According to The Hill:

The GOP chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee said Tuesday he is concerned the Trump administration is “lowballing” its request for emergency coronavirus funding and that he will recommend a “higher” number.

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Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) said he has heard complaints that the $2.5 billion requested by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is not enough to prepare for a possible pandemic.

“It seems to me at the outset that this request for the money, the supplemental, is lowballing it, possibly, and you can’t afford to do that,” Shelby told HHS Secretary Alex Azar on Tuesday during a hearing on the agency’s budget request.

“If you lowball something like this, you’ll pay for it later,” he warned.

The number requested currently is $2.5 billion and Shelby is claiming it should be significantly higher.

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