Congress is likely to allocate even more money than the $2.5 billion requested by the White House to fight the growing coronavirus epidemic, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Tuesday, while commending President Donald Trump for his quick response to the matter.
"I think you will look probably from the $3 billion to $4 billion range," the California Republican told Fox Business' Maria Bartiromo. "We want to make sure everybody has the resources needed. We don't want to have to look back at this and say we didn't have enough for the opportunity to stop it early."
McCarthy also commented on Sen. Bernie Sanders' lead in the race for the Democrats' presidential nomination, noting that it's not only Republicans who are warning that a Sanders win could spell trouble for Democrats when it comes to holding the House.
"The majority whip inside Congress says if Bernie Sanders becomes the nominee, the House could flip," McCarthy said. "What is interesting to me is the Democrats are upset with Bernie Sanders, but they have embraced socialist policies."
More than half of congressional Democrats have cosponsored "Medicare for all," or the "government takeover of health care," said McCarthy. "They have embraced the socialism they are embarrassed about from him."
But it's not only a Sanders nomination that could cause Democrats to lose the House, said McCarthy.
"They made a promise that they would govern differently, that they would work together," he said. "We will show they are nothing but about investigations. They have failed in this new majority. That is why they will (suffer) losses in the process."
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