A letter is being prepared by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and other senators. The letter asks Donald Trump to make an emergency declaration for the mounting coronavirus pandemic.
On Wednesday, one of Schumer’s aides spoke with CNN and stated that Schumer along with Democratic Sens. Patty Murray of Washington and Gary Peters of Michigan were calling for a formal declaration. The declaration would allow the Federal Emergency Management Agency to access more than $40 billion from the Disaster Relief Fund, which would be used to help local governments respond to the coronavirus.
Right now, FEMA is working to help states by providing supplies such as hand sanitizer, gloves, and masks.
Trump signed an $8,3 billion response package last week while he visited CDC headquarters in Atlanta. Alex Azar, Health and Human Services secretary, has declared that the coronavirus has become a and has been since January.
The CDC has already issued guidelines for quarantines to help stop the virus from spreading.
So far, 17 states have issued states of emergencies and by doing so can waive certain regulations.
Trump and his administration had previously declared public health emergencies for the national opioid crisis as well as for hurricanes and earthquakes in Puerto Rico and the Southeast. Trump also declared an emergency for the wildfires that had raged in the West.
Trump failed so on his response to the deadly virus and it unclear if he will take the new request seriously.