Feb 26, 2020 - Health

Schumer wants $8.5 billion for coronavirus preparation

Sen. Chuck Schumer

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday proposed $8.5 billion to help combat the coronavirus. The Trump administration has asked for $2.5 billion this year, some of which would repurpose existing funds.

Between the lines: Schumer's office noted that Congress approved $7 billion during the 2009 H1N1 flu outbreak, a public-health emergency with many similarities to the coronavirus scare.

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