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tv   U.S. Senate Sen. Shelby on Coronavirus  CSPAN  March 5, 2020 2:20am-2:26am EST

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li enjoyed no such freedom, yet he still spoke up to try to save his neighbors and the world. for that he was punished, and now he has passed. may he rest in peace, and may his memory inspire other selfless heroes who will speak truth and hold the chinese parham he is party -- chinese communist party to account, no matter what the cost. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2020] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit] sen. shelby: the u.s. people are apprehensive. global financial markets are on mansion. both are resilient, but vigorous action is needed to calm nerves, stabilize the situation, and get our arms around this crisis. mul
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the resources here necessary for an aggressive, comprehensive, and swift response. i'm pleased to report to my colleagues this afternoon that we, with the house, leadership, both sides have reached a bipartisan, bicameral agreement on an emergency supplemental appropriations package to do just that. the agreement provides a surge in funding at every level, local, state, federal, and international to meet the growing challenge that we could face. the total amount, mr. president, included in the package is $7.76 billion, a little under $8 billion. we arrived at that figure by going back to the agencies, n.i.h., the centers for disease chrome and so forth and said, what do you think you would need
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if this virus really spreads and we wanted to make sure they had the tools and the resources that we would not shortchange the american people in any way. so the $7.76 billion, we've been told by the people who know, that should be sufficient. we hope it is. mr. president, nearly 85% of this funding will be spent right here in the united states. $2.2 billion is for the centers for disease control that the presiding officer is very familiar with because it's located in atlanta, georgia. including no less than $950 million, just short of a billion dollars, to help state and local governments prevent and to combat the spread of the virus. mr. president, $836 million will gl to the national institutes of health to, among other things,
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train health care workers on the front lines and to develop diagnostics, therapeutics and veens related to the -- virus. $51 million will be to approve such products for the american people. mr. president, $3.1 billion of this package is for the public health and social services emergency funds, among other things, to supplement the strategic national stockpile here, develop and purchase diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines, provide resources for community health centers and to provide hospitals and health systems adapt and respond if this crisis grows. another $30 mol is made available, mr. president, for the purchase of additional diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines should further need
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arise. in other words a contingency. finally, mr. president, to fight the spread of the virus abroad, which we have to do, $1.25 billion is provided to the state department and usaid to continue their work with our international partners. mr. president, we listened carefully to the agencies and the experts on the front lines in crafting this package. vice president pence has also been very helpful in this effort and i appreciate president trump's eagerness to sign this legislation. i also want to take a moment to thank leaders mcconnell and schumer, vice chairman leahy of the appropriations committee, the chair of the house appropriations committee and the ranking member for all of us coming together to do the right thing for the american people. we face this crisis together. we're fighting it together. ultimately, mr. president, i believe we will prevail together. but now is the time for action.
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the house will act first. all indications are they will pass it swiftly, this package, hope so, and when this package arrives in the senate, i would urge my colleagues to do the same so we can get help to those who need it and will ease some of the anxiety stemming from this outbernanke. i think we -- i think we owe it objection. mr. leahy: madam president, chairman shelby has just spoken, and he and i have worked so hard together on the appropriations on the emergency coronavirus supplemental request, and i am am -- one, i have always enjoyed working with him. i'm pleased that we can announce that we have reached a


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