Senate wise to take time to get Wuhan virus bill right

March 17, 2020, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement on Senate consideration of the coronavirus spending bill:

“It is a good thing that the U.S. Senate is taking some time to review the House coronavirus spending proposal. It is important that Congress get this right so that necessary resources can be put in place in the event of a worst case scenario, and that when this is all over, everyone gets back to work rapidly. It is also important that House and Senate appropriators significantly adjust secular and mandatory spending plans for the 2021 fiscal year. It is likely that the government costs of the coronavirus outbreak will exceed $1 trillion new spending, which additional hundreds of billions of dollars in lost tax revenue. It would irresponsible in the months ahead for Congress to ignore this obvious reality by not taking similar drastic action to mitigate against this disastrous fiscal situation.

“The coronavirus spending is a necessary and temporary preparation and hopefully much of it will not be needed, and the price tag decreases. But we should make certain not to forget the long-term fiscal straits that our nation faces due to an overly bloated federal government.”

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