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Covid Aid Funding Deal Needs Rework After Offsets Were Spent

May 26, 2022, 7:08 PM

Lawmakers will have to renegotiate a Covid-19 therapeutics and vaccine funding deal because billions of dollars designated as offsets have already been spent, key senators said.

Senators struck a bipartisan deal in April to spend $10 billion on Covid resources, and to offset its cost by rescinding previously appropriated funds. But the measure has languished amid a fight over the planned end of the Title 42 pandemic immigration policy, and some of the $10 billion in proposed “pay-fors” have already been spent.

Now, some of the key authors of the initial deal, Sens. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), ...