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McCarthy: White House coronavirus funding request ‘a little low’ | TheHill

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyFive takeaways from the Democratic debate Sanders comes under fire over cost of ‘Medicare for All’ Trump‘s intel moves spark Democratic fury MORE (R-Calif.) said Wednesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpWinners and losers from the South Carolina debate Five takeaways from the Democratic debate Democrats duke it out in most negative debate so far MORE’s request for emergency funding to fight the coronavirus is “a little low,” becoming the latest key Republican to call for more money. 

“I think $2 billion is a little low, I think we’re probably looking at $4 billion in this process, having spoken to Democrat House members from Appropriations,” McCarthy told reporters. 

The White House earlier this week put forward a $2.5 billion request as the virus spreads around the world and officials warn of eventual spread in the U.S. Only half of the request was new money.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyTrump defends handling of coronavirus as Democrats hit him during debate Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Lawmakers raise alarms over Trump coronavirus response | Top official warns virus appears inevitable in US | Democrats block two Senate abortion bills San Francisco declares state of emergency over coronavirus MORE (R-Ala.) on Tuesday said the White House request appeared to be a “lowball” and the final number would be “higher.”

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerOvernight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Lawmakers raise alarms over Trump coronavirus response | Top official warns virus appears inevitable in US | Democrats block two Senate abortion bills Lawmakers raise alarms over Trump coronavirus response Democrats block two Senate abortion bills MORE (D-N.Y.), meanwhile, is calling for a much higher figure of $8.5 billion

However, House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita LoweyNita Sue LoweyTrump faces growing challenge to contain coronavirus White House asking Congress for .5 billion to fight coronavirus The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Roger Stone gets over three years in prison; Brutal night for Bloomberg MORE (D-N.Y.) cast some doubt Wednesday that the final number would be as high as Schumer’s proposal. 

“We’re working on it, we’ll have a number, but I’m not sure it’s going to be the number that Schumer’s proposing,” Lowey told reporters. 

She said she is in talks with Republicans, including Shelby, and replied “yes” when asked if the talks have been fruitful. 

Democrats have said they are still assessing the amount of money that is needed given a lack of details provided by the Trump administration. 

“This is not a time to play politics,” McCarthy said. “We want to make sure we have all the funding needed.”

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