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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 McCarthyHouse passes voting rights and elections reform bill Parliamentarian strikes down Pelosi priority in aid package Democrats snipe on policy, GOP brawls over Trump MORE (R-Calif.) said Wednesday that President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse passes voting rights and elections reform bill DEA places agent seen outside Capitol during riot on leave Georgia Gov. Kemp says he'd 'absolutely' back Trump as 2024 nominee 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 ShelbyCBC 'unequivocally' endorses Shalanda Young for White House budget chief Black Caucus members lobby Biden to tap Shalanda Young for OMB head On The Money: Senate panels postpone Tanden meetings in negative sign | Biden signs supply chain order after 'positive' meeting with lawmakers 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 SchumerChuck SchumerSenate panel splits along party lines on Becerra House Democrats' ambitious agenda set to run into Senate blockade A Biden stumble on China? MORE (D-N.Y.), meanwhile, is calling for a much higher figure of $8.5 billion. 

However, House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita LoweyNita Sue LoweyTrump seeks to freeze .4 billion of programs in final week of presidency This week: Trump's grip on Hill allies faces test Trump signs .3T relief, spending package 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."