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Congress faces uphill battle to approve standalone COVID funding bill

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The House Rules Committee has approved a stand-alone COVID relief bill, but the bill faces an uphill battle as it moves through Congress. The recently passed onmibus spending bill was intended to include about $15 billion in COVID funding but was pulled after pushback from some Members about how it would be funded.

The COVID portion of the omnibus bill was funded with leftover money from the American Rescue Plan, something Republicans pushed for. But some Democrats refused to support that funding mechanism after learning that might take money already allocated to their states.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) clarified only half of the standalone bill will be funded from leftover money from previous COVID relief. That could create a problem in the Senate, where a bill needs 60 votes to open cloture. Some Democrats have said they won’t support a COVID funding bill that won’t pass the Senate, according to Punchbowl News.

Following the State of the Union address, the White House requested $22 billion in additional COVID funding.

“Testing capacity…will decline this month,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters. “In April, free testing and treatments for tens of millions of Americans without health insurance will end. In May, America’s supply of monoclonal antibodies will run out.”

Annie Andersen: A FOURTH COVID SHOT IS ON THE WAY.

TAKE SOT- Albert Bourla, Pfizer CEO 

<<”it is necessary, a fourth booster right now. The protection that you are getting from the third, it is good enough, actually quite good for hospitalizations and deaths. It’s not that good against infections, but doesn’t last very long.”>>

Annie Andersen:

BUT ALSO SOME PROMISING NEWS

TAKE SOT- Albert Bourla, Pfizer CEO 

<<”we are working very diligently right now, it is to make not only a vaccine that will protect against all variants, including Omicron, but also something that can protect for at least a year”>>

Annie Andersen: I’M SURE YOU’RE THINKING.. WHY IS THE POLITICAL PERSON TALKING ABOUT medical news?

HERE’S WHY.

THAT OMNIBUS BILL CONGRESS PASSED.. 

IT WAS SUPPOSED TO HAVE ABOUT 15 BILLION IN COVID FUNDING.. 

BUT IT WAS YANKED after SOME DEMOCRATS PUSHED BACK over where the money was coming from to pay for it. 

NOW.. CONGRESS IS WORKING ON A STAND ALONE BILL- BUT NO SHOCKER HERE- IT ISN’T GOING WELL. 

THE REASON.. ONCE AGAIN IT’S HOW THE BILL IS PAID FOR. 

SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI ANNOUNCED THAT ONLY HALF OF THE STAND ALONE BILL 

WILL BE OFFSET BY LEFT OVER MONEY FROM THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN… 

SOMETHING REPUBLICANS PUSHED FOR. 

TAKE SOT- SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI, (D-CA)

<<”It’s already been approved by the rules committee so what we have in the bill there is what we’ll go forward with now”>>

Annie Andersen: AND NOW DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP telling PUNCHBOWL NEWS SOME IN THE CAUCUS WON’T SUPPORT A BILL THAT WON’T PASS THE SENATE. 

THE WHITE HOUSE SAYS WE’RE GOING TO FEEL THE PINCH IF CONGRESS CAN’T GET THIS DONE

TAKE SOT- JEN PSAKI, WH PRESS SECRETARY

<<”“Testing capacity would- will- decline this month. In April, free testing and treatments for tens of millions of Americans without health insurance will end. In May, America’s supply of monoclonal antibodies will run out,”>> 

Annie Andersen: RIGHT NOW- ALL OF THAT IS COVERED BY THE GOVERNMENT AT NO COST TO US..

ALONG WITH THE RESEARCH ON THAT YEAR LONG VACCINE.. 

WHILE COVID NUMBERS ARE DOWN IN AMERICA.. WE’RE STILL SEEING ALMOST 38 THOUSAND POSITIVES. DAILY.. 

INCLUDING FORMER PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AND 

new hampshire SENATOR JEANNE SHAHEEN WHO BOTH ANNOUNCED THEIR DIAGNOSES SUNDAY. 

THE HOUSE PLANS TO ADDRESS COVID FUNDING THIS WEEK. 

[STRAIGHT FROM DC I’M AA

 

The House Rules Committee has approved a stand-alone COVID relief bill, but the bill faces an uphill battle as it moves through Congress. The recently passed onmibus spending bill was intended to include about $15 billion in COVID funding but was pulled after pushback from some Members about how it would be funded.

The COVID portion of the omnibus bill was funded with leftover money from the American Rescue Plan, something Republicans pushed for. But some Democrats refused to support that funding mechanism after learning that might take money already allocated to their states.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) clarified only half of the standalone bill will be funded from leftover money from previous COVID relief. That could create a problem in the Senate, where a bill needs 60 votes to open cloture. Some Democrats have said they won’t support a COVID funding bill that won’t pass the Senate, according to Punchbowl News.

Following the State of the Union address, the White House requested $22 billion in additional COVID funding.

“Testing capacity…will decline this month,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters. “In April, free testing and treatments for tens of millions of Americans without health insurance will end. In May, America’s supply of monoclonal antibodies will run out.”

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