McConnell ‘personally introduced’ an amendment that blocked infectious disease funds
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You’d think the guy who suffered a polio attack as a toddler would be a little more pro-vaccine, but in 2017 the Mitchster cut some key funding that didn’t do anyone any favors when the coronavirus pandemic came around three years later.
Jane Mayer reports in the New Yorker that:
McConnell… personally introduced a little-noticed amendment to eliminate the Prevention and Public Health Fund at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which provided grants to states for detecting and responding to infectious-disease outbreaks, among other things.
In response, a coalition of hundreds of health organizations wrote McConnell and other congressional leaders, warning of “dire consequences.” Spoiler alert: McConnell ignored the experts’ pleas and cut the funding so he could deliver a tax cut for the wealthiest Americans. Hurray!!!