GOP leaders say approving Covid aid will be even harder after Biden 'pandemic is over' remark

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Sen. John Cornyn speaks to the media successful  September 2016.

(CNN)Top Republicans, who were already skeptical astir approving much Covid-19 alleviation money, said Monday that President Joe Biden's comments that the "pandemic is over" fundamentally shuts the doorway connected the slim chances of much wealth getting approved.

"It makes it eminently harder for sure," Senate Minority Whip John Thune, a South Dakota Republican, told CNN. "It besides begs the question arsenic to wherefore (he's approving) different pandemic-related measures, similar student-loan forgiveness, cancellations."

Sen. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican and subordinate of leadership, responded by saying, "If it's over, past I wouldn't fishy they request immoderate much money."

    North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr, the ranking Republican subordinate connected the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, sent a missive to the White House Monday to inquire for a "clarification if that means the exigency presumption is implicit due to the fact that a batch of things change."

      "I don't deliberation they were going to get immoderate Covid wealth done anyway," Burr said.

      In an interrogation that aired Sunday with CBS' "60 Minutes," Biden said helium believes the Covid-19 pandemic is "over," but acknowledged the US inactive has a "problem" with the microorganism that has killed much than 1 cardinal Americans.

      "The pandemic is over," Biden said successful the interview. "We inactive person a occupation with Covid. We're inactive doing a batch of enactment connected it. It's -- but the pandemic is over."

        Despite Biden's remarks, the White House has pushed for $22.5 cardinal for further Covid assistance to assistance with vaccines, investigating and therapeutics. In April, senators successful some parties reached a $10 cardinal woody for Covid assistance but that stalled implicit an unrelated quality implicit an migration amendment. Before that, a abstracted bundle of Covid wealth was stripped retired from a authorities spending measure due to the fact that of absorption from a bloc of House Democrats over the spending cuts to wage for it.

        "Covid assistance is not going to happen," Sen. Mitt Romney, the Utah Republican who chopped the $10 cardinal woody that stalled implicit the spring, told CNN. "Not with Republican votes."

        The White House has pushed to see Covid assistance successful the must-pass continuing solution to support authorities agencies afloat past this month, but determination is virtually nary accidental that volition hap now.

        Democrats pushed backmost connected Biden's remarks.

        "The variants are inactive retired there," said Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin erstwhile asked astir Biden's comment. "We are each hoping it's implicit -- cipher is going foretell with certainty it is. I'm not."

        "Covid is not over," said Sen. Tim Kaine, a Democrat from Virginia, adding, "We request aid."

        Sen. Angus King, an autarkic from Maine who caucuses with Democrats, told CNN's Brianna Keilar connected "New Day" Tuesday that further backing is needed for therapeutics and vaccines to support Covid "from coming back, peculiarly the caller variants."

          "What the President meant, and I don't privation to construe for him, but the monolithic benignant of shutdowns and masks and each of that, we're moving beyond that, but wherefore we request further funds is to support the doorway shut," King said.

          This communicative has been updated with further developments and reaction.

          CNN's Shawna Mizelle contributed to this report.

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