The White House has decided to try and block $6.4 billion in spending for the National Institutes of Health.
The bill will be voted on in the House this week, but House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is threatening to take it to the floor if it doesn’t pass in the Senate.
It is the first time in the history of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) that the House has rejected the agency’s proposed spending.
The House voted 98-2 to send the funding to the president’s desk, with Democrats joining Republicans in the majority.
“We need this money to fight the pandemic.
That’s what this money is for,” House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer said.
“And I’m not going to allow the Democrats in the United States Senate to take this money away from them.”
The spending is being offered as a means to fund the NIH to address the pandemics.
But it is also a measure that will allow the president to use that money to pursue other priorities.
“It’s time to stop pretending that mental health is a luxury that we don’t have,” President Donald Trump said last week.