Pelosi mourns first coronavirus death, promises congressional response

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) mourned the death of the first person killed by the coronavirus in the United States and promised congressional action. 

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) announced Saturday that a person in his state had died as a result of contracting the virus. 

“The American people expect a well-coordinated, fully-funded response that appropriately addresses this public health crisis,” Pelosi tweeted. 

She added that members of the House Appropriations Committee are working on increasing funds to combat the virus. 

The Trump administration earlier this week submitted a $2.5 billion supplemental funding request to Congress, a figure lawmakers in both parties have viewed as insufficient. The final package is likely to be between $6 billion and $8 billion, The Hill reported Friday.

“Congress is taking steps to ensure the government has access to the resources needed to combat this deadly virus & keep Americans safe,” she wrote. “House appropriators are working hard on a funding package which we hope to vote on next week.”

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