On CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Wednesday, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) pushed back on additional COVID-19 relief funding unless additional spending is set aside to help the COVID problem at the border.
Blunt called the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “politically deaf” for announcing it would end the Trump-era Title 42 policy and said the GOP would not “address the COVID issue on the expenses unless we get a chance to talk about the COVID issue at the border.
“It’s hard to know the right number without knowing what’s going on in COVID, but I think $10 billion is a minimal number to see how far it takes us,” Blunt advised. “This is what the administration is asking for at the national level. I would like to. I think we were really close to being able to achieve this, and then the CDC announced the change in their view of the impact of COVID. And frankly, that’s all some of our members needed to decide – well, we’re not going to deal with the COVID issue on expenses unless we get a chance to talk about the issue of COVID at the border.
He continued, “So if anyone ever wondered if the CDC was politically motivated, it would suggest that they are politically deaf to release this statement at the same time that we are trying to raise billions of dollars, the COVID spending numbers, and they haven’t spent the money. They spent it on categories. Another part of this problem is that there’s a lot of money in the so-called COVID recovery bill that hasn’t been spent, and only about 6% of that $1.9 trillion had anything to do with actual COVID treatment. The rest was to spur an economic recovery in an economy that was already clearly on the road to recovery. »
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