Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi told reporters that passing the Biden administration’s supplemental funding request for $22.5 billion in COVID-19 related funding is “science.”
Speaking at a press conference Thursday, Pelosi said that the funding was “absolutely necessary,” that part of the requested funds were going toward pills that could be used as therapeutic treatment’s for COVID-19, and that she hoped Congressional Republicans would see the “wisdom” and the “science” of funding the administration’s plans.
“The appropriators will be negotiating all of this,” Pelosi said when asked by a reporter about the additional funding, and the state of negotiations over the requests.
“The fact is, the $22 billion for COVID is absolutely necessary. In fact, we probably will need more as we need more therapies. One of the pieces of this [appropriations bill] is to buy the pills that will be — you get a [symptom of COVID] and you take the pill. It’s no longer about something being a sub-freezing temperature only, having a shelf life, a certain amount of — this is science, this is going forward. So I would hope that they would see the wisdom of the science of what we need to do in terms of COVID.”
“The last thing we need is more transmission,” Pelosi continued. “Transmission is where variants are created, and a new variant is a new challenge. So let’s do as much prevention or early intervention as we can.”
The Biden administration’s Office of Management and Budget sent a letter to the Speaker Wednesday asking for the supplemental funding to be included in a budget resolution before the continuing resolution ends on March 11.
The letter laid out $22.5 billion dollars in temporary, supplemental funding to the Department of Health and Human Services and the State Department, which the administration claims is “needed promptly to immediately secure supply of highly effective oral antiviral treatments; to purchase monoclonal antibodies and pre-exposure prophylaxis; to continue operating critical testing initiatives and funding testing, treatments, and vaccines for the uninsured; to initiate work on a next-generation vaccine that protects against future variants; to accelerate global vaccination efforts and provide urgent humanitarian relief abroad.”
This is an excerpt from The Daily Wire.
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