Pelosi Statement on President Trump’s Budget Request on Coronavirus Response

February 24, 2020
Press Release

San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement on the Trump Administration’s request for supplemental funds to combat the coronavirus crisis:

“Americans need a coordinated, fully-funded, whole-of-government response to keep them and their loved ones safe.  The President’s request for coronavirus response funding is long overdue and completely inadequate to the scale of this emergency.

“For almost two years, the Trump Administration has left critical positions in charge of managing pandemics at the National Security Council and the Department of Homeland Security vacant.  His most recent budget called for slashing funding for the Centers for Disease Control, which is on the frontlines of this emergency.  And now, the President is compounding our vulnerabilities by seeking to ransack funds still needed to keep Ebola in check.

“Weeks after the Trump Budget called for slashing the CDC budget during this coronavirus epidemic, this undersized funding request shows an ongoing failure to understand urgent public health needs. 

“Our state and local governments need serious funding to be ready to respond effectively to any outbreak in the U.S.  The President should not be raiding money that Congress has appropriated for other life-or-death public health priorities.

“The House will swiftly advance a strong, strategic funding package that fully addresses the scale and seriousness of this public health crisis.”