Sen. Elizabeth Warren said that funds being used to construct the president’s border wall with Mexico should be redirected to help contain coronavirus, a quickly spreading epidemic with origins in China.
“I’m going to be introducing a plan tomorrow to take every dime that the president is now taking to spend on his racist wall at the southern border and divert it to the coronavirus,” the candidate said during a CNN town hall on Wednesday evening.
The senator also had harsh words for the president earlier in the week, posting tweets accusing him of “absolutely bungling” the United States’ response to the spreading virus. She accused Trump of “putting our public health and our economy at risk” and said that is “why we need a real plan and an adult in charge.”
Warren’s fellow candidates also criticized the president, who held a White House news conference — the first in a long while — with CDC officials earlier that same day. She has also released a plan to prevent, contain, and treat infectious disease in the U.S.
The legislation Warren announced Thursday reads:
“Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any unobligated Federal funds appropriated or otherwise made available to plan, develop or construct a physical barrier along the international border between the United States and Mexico shall be immediately transferred to the Department of Health and Human Services and the United States Agency for International Development for the express purpose of combating coronavirus disease (COVID-19).”
In both fiscal years 2019 and 2020, Congress appropriated $1.375 billion for border barriers — much less than Trump wanted for the project. But the president has diverted billions more toward construction from military accounts during his tenure.
Warren’s office said her bill would apply to both the money doled out by Congress and the repurposed funds.
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