Sunday, May 28, 2023

DeSantis hits Biden over COVID-19 vaccine mandates with ‘Warp Speed’ play; VA Can't Account for $187 Million in Emergency COVID-19 Funding, and other C-Virus related stories

DeSantis hits Biden over COVID-19 vaccine mandates with ‘Warp Speed’ play:
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis blasted President Biden’s support of vaccine mandates over the weekend by playing off former President Donald Trump’s accelerated push for a COVID-19 jab.
Addressing the Florida Family Policy Council on Saturday, DeSantis asserted that vaccine mandates were an egregious violation of individual rights.
“The way they weaponized these COVID vaxes was a massive incursion into our freedoms,” the governor said. “They wanted to deny people the right to put food on their table if they didn’t bend the knee and get a COVID shot that they may not have wanted and that many of them did not need.”
DeSantis then slipped in a jab at his prospective rival for GOP supremacy.
“We can never allow ‘Warp Speed’ to trump informed consent in this country ever again,” DeSantis said, referring to the 45th president’s “Operation Warp Speed” vaccine development push.
Trump, 76, declined to back vaccine mandates, but heartily endorsed the jabs and has since lauded the drive as one of his administration’s hallmark accomplishments.
After Biden took office in January 2021, Operation Warp Speed was restructured and absorbed into the White House COVID-19 Response Team. --->READ MORE HERE
VA Can't Account for $187 Million in Emergency COVID-19 Funding:
The Department of Veterans Affairs can’t account for at least $187 million in supplementary COVID-19 funding spread across more than 10,000 transactions related to the pandemic, according to a House oversight committee.
Congress and the VA are at odds over the department's handling of nearly $37 billion in additional funding it received to address the COVID-19 pandemic, with House Veterans Affairs Committee leaders on both sides of the aisle critical of its failure to account for every dime.
Chairman Mike Bost, R-Ill., and ranking member Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif., praised the department for its pandemic response overall but called the VA out for its inability to account for the money, during a hearing sidetracked by GOP rancor over the department's messaging on debt ceiling legislation.
"We need to make sure that the money is being spent wisely. You can say it's a paperwork error. You can say whatever. But that's why we have oversight," Bost said. "No offense to sailors, but the last three years during COVID, we've spent money like drunken sailors, and the oversight has not occurred. It is going to occur."
Between 2020 and 2021, the VA received roughly $37 billion to address COVID-19 response, including an initial $60 million, followed by $19.6 billion in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act and another $17 billion in the American Rescue Plan. --->READ MORE HERE
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