Immigration fight tangles Covid funding and delays voting


Congressional agreement to allocate $10 billion to support federal covid testing, treatment and vaccination measures has been suspended indefinitely by a Republican push to tie it to border control policy. There are also media reports of the rabid fox biting nine people near Capitol Hill.

Roll call: vote on COVID-19 spending bill postponed indefinitely

A bipartisan $10 billion COVID-19 supplement is stalled in the Senate amid a dispute over border control policy related to the tangential pandemic, with both sides unsure how the standoff will be resolved. “I don’t see a path,” said Richard M. Burr, RN.C., member of the Senate for Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, who helped negotiate the bill, on Wednesday. . The impasse over the so-called Title 42 policy has put the final nail in the coffin for action on the supplement this week ahead of a scheduled two-week suspension, absent a decision from the majority leader in the Senate, Charles E. Schumer, to cancel the recess and hold senators in town until they reach an agreement. (McPherson and Weiss, 4/6)

AP: COVID spending bill stalled in Senate as GOP, Democrats deadlock

A $10 billion compromise measure bolstering the government’s defenses against COVID-19 has stalled in the Senate and looked almost certainly hijacked for weeks, the victim of a campaign struggle over the incendiary issue of the ‘immigration. There were numerous accusations on Wednesday, but no sign that the two parties were close to resolving their standoff over a bipartisan pandemic bill that President Joe Biden and leading Democrats wanted Congress to approve this week. With Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D.N.Y., prioritizing confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson by the end of the week — most likely Thursday — the COVID- 19 seemed sure to slide at least until Congress returned from a two-week hiatus. (Frame, 4/7)

In related news on states running out of covid funds —

AP: Arizona firm slashes COVID testing, cites lack of funding

A major provider of COVID-19 vaccines and tests in Arizona says a lack of federal funding has forced it to abandon dozens of testing sites and no longer provides free tests to uninsured people. People without insurance will have to pay a $100 fee for COVID-19 testing, and testing has been suspended at 60 of Emry Health’s sites in Arizona, the company said in recent announcements. (4/6)

And we found out that a fox that had bitten several people near the Capitol had rabies…

Fox 5 DC: Fox who bit 9 people around Capitol Hill tests positive for rabies

The wild fox that bit nine people, including a congressman and a Capitol Hill reporter, tested positive for rabies. DC health officials told FOX 5 in a statement that it is “contacting all human victims who have been bitten by the fox.” Animal Control will post informational flyers around Capitol Hill informing people of the fox’s positive status for rabies and encouraging those who may have been exposed to call DC Health. (Fox, 4/6)

Fox News: What if a rabies-infected animal bites you?

The fox that bit Representative Ami Bera, a journalist, and at least 7 other people in Washington, DC on Tuesday has been euthanized and tested positive for the rabies virus, Fox News reported. Health experts told Fox News it’s vital that anyone bitten by an animal seek medical attention immediately and try to have the animal tested for rabies, if possible. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated on their website that rabies is a fatal disease caused by a virus. It affects the central nervous system, which consists of the brain and spinal cord. The Federal Health Agency said that once symptoms of rabies appear, the disease is “almost always fatal”. (McGorry, 4/6)

Slate: Capitol Hill Fox: Why do animals have to be euthanized to be tested for rabies?

Here’s how to catch rabies: After an animal or person is bitten, if no post-exposure measures are taken, the virus seeps through the puncture wound and infects the nerves near the bite. From there, it takes advantage of the communication system between neurons to hitchhike to its final destination: the brain. There, it wreaks havoc on brain cells. It also makes its way to the salivary glands, where it is excreted in the saliva and ready to start the whole process all over again. When it comes to testing, however, saliva samples are unreliable: a saliva swab won’t always contain the virus. (In humans, you can do a skin biopsy, but that’s not usually done for animals.) A test may give a negative result for the piece of saliva you tested, even if the animal is secreting saliva that contains the virus. . (Braner, 4/6)

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