According to a Washington Post report, Trump administration is working to block billions of dollars in federal funding for testing and CDC.
The Post reported that one person involved in the talks said Senate Republicans were seeking to allocate $25 billion for states to conduct testing and contact tracing, but that certain administration officials want to zero out the testing and tracing money entirely. Some White House officials believe they have already approved billions of dollars in assistance for testing and that some of that money remains unspent. The administration is also seeking to zero out $10 billion in new funding for the CDC in the upcoming bill while slashing spending for the Pentagon and State Department related to foreign aid.
The information was given to the Washington Post by an official on the condition of anonymity. The official revealed confidential deliberations to the Post and cautioned that the talks were fluid, and the numbers were in flux.
So far, only a few details regarding the Republican's proposed package has come out, wherein the Trump administration has raised the prospect of a short-term plan to address only enhanced unemployment insurance and a federal eviction moratorium while the Democrats and Republicans hash out a broader bill. Democrats and Republicans are currently holding talks and discussing the bill, and we cannot verify this claim.