McCarthy: White House coronavirus funding request 'a little low'

McCarthy: White House coronavirus funding request 'a little low'
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthySenators, bipartisan state officials press Congress for more election funds Pelosi defends push for mail-in voting: GOP 'afraid' to let people vote McCarthy slams Democrats on funding for mail-in balloting MORE (R-Calif.) said Wednesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders says he wouldn't 'drop dead' if Trump decided on universal healthcare Overnight Health Care: Trump officials lay groundwork for May reopening | Democrats ramp up talks with Mnuchin on next relief deal | Fauci says death toll could be around 60,000 Hillicon Valley: State officials push for more election funds | Coronavirus surveillance concerns ramp up pressure for privacy bill | Senators warned not to use Zoom | Agencies ask FCC to revoke China Telecom's license MORE's request for emergency funding to fight the coronavirus is "a little low," becoming the latest key Republican to call for more money. 

"I think $2 billion is a little low, I think we're probably looking at $4 billion in this process, having spoken to Democrat House members from Appropriations," McCarthy told reporters. 

The White House earlier this week put forward a $2.5 billion request as the virus spreads around the world and officials warn of eventual spread in the U.S. Only half of the request was new money.

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Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyDemocratic senators call for funding for local media in coronavirus stimulus Graham backs Trump, vows no money for WHO in next funding bill Five things being discussed for a new coronavirus relief bill MORE (R-Ala.) on Tuesday said the White House request appeared to be a "lowball" and the final number would be "higher."

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerHarris, Ocasio-Cortez among Democrats calling for recurring direct payments in fourth coronavirus bill House Republicans, key administration officials push for additional funding for coronavirus small business loans Rep. Massie threatens to block next relief bill, calls for remote voting MORE (D-N.Y.), meanwhile, is calling for a much higher figure of $8.5 billion. 

However, House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita LoweyNita Sue LoweyHouse Democrats unveil coronavirus economic response package Biden rolls out over a dozen congressional endorsements after latest primary wins Trump, Congress struggle for economic deal under coronavirus threat MORE (D-N.Y.) cast some doubt Wednesday that the final number would be as high as Schumer's proposal. 

"We're working on it, we'll have a number, but I'm not sure it's going to be the number that Schumer's proposing," Lowey told reporters. 

She said she is in talks with Republicans, including Shelby, and replied "yes" when asked if the talks have been fruitful. 

Democrats have said they are still assessing the amount of money that is needed given a lack of details provided by the Trump administration. 

"This is not a time to play politics," McCarthy said. "We want to make sure we have all the funding needed."