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 McCarthySunday shows preview: White House, congressional Democrats unable to breach stalemate over coronavirus relief A trillion stimulus, but Kevin McCarthy for renewable energy — leading businesses want to change that When will telling the truth in politics matter again? MORE (R-Calif.) said Wednesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump suggests some states may 'pay nothing' as part of unemployment plan Trump denies White House asked about adding him to Mount Rushmore Trump, US face pivotal UN vote on Iran 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 ShelbyWary GOP eyes Meadows shift from brick-thrower to dealmaker On The Money: Pessimism grows as coronavirus talks go down to the wire | Jobs report poised to light fire under COVID-19 talks | Tax preparers warn unemployment recipients could owe IRS Pessimism grows as coronavirus talks go down to the wire 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 SchumerWhite House officials, Democrats spar over legality, substance of executive orders Schumer declines to say whether Trump executive orders are legal: They don't 'do the job' Schumer: Idea that 0 unemployment benefit keeps workers away from jobs 'belittles the American people' MORE (D-N.Y.), meanwhile, is calling for a much higher figure of $8.5 billion. 

However, House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita LoweyNita Sue LoweyIt's past time to be rid of the legacy of Jesse Helms Helping our seniors before it's too late House approves .3 trillion spending package for 2021 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."