Pelosi said $22.5 billion in extra COVID money is ‘absolutely necessary’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said on Thursday that passing a bill for $22.5 billion in additional COVID-19 spending is absolutely necessary, claiming it is related to science.

Pelosi shared the remarks during a press conference in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.

“The appropriators will be negotiating all of this,” Pelosi said. “The fact is, the $22 billion for COVID is absolutely necessary. In fact, we probably will need more as we need more therapies.

“One of the pieces of this [appropriations bill] is to buy the pills that will be — you get a [symptom of COVID] and you take the pill. It’s no longer about something being a sub-freezing temperature only, having a shelf life, a certain amount of — this is science, this is going forward. So I would hope that they would see the wisdom of the science of what we need to do in terms of COVID.”

Pelosi’s remarks come two days after President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address that he claimed marked a point of moving beyond the pandemic.

Despite nearly all states rolling back most restrictions, Pelosi’s mega-billion dollar request pushes forward, but it’s increasingly clear the money has little to do with science

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