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Elizabeth Warren speaks at a rally in Orangeburg, South Carolina on Feb. 26.
Elizabeth Warren speaks at a rally in Orangeburg, South Carolina on Feb. 26. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

US Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren unveiled legislation in the Senate today that would move funds being used for construction of the border wall to combat the coronavirus outbreak.

The Prioritizing Pandemic Prevention Act would provide a “down payment” of an estimated $ 10 billion in funding for coronavirus efforts, per the legislation.

“The coronavirus outbreak poses serious health, diplomatic, and economic threats to the United States, and we must be prepared to confront it head-on,” Warren said in a statement below. “Rather than use taxpayer dollars to pay for a monument to hate and division, my bill will help ensure that the federal government has the resources it needs to adequately respond to this emergency.”

Warren announced she was going to do this during her CNN town hall Wednesday night, telling Don Lemon she would direct “every dollar” that President Trump is spending on the southern border wall to combating the coronavirus. 

Warren also said last night that Vice President Mike Pence, who Trump announced would lead the effort against the coronavirus, is “actively disqualified” from overseeing a public health crisis.

“He is not the person who should be in charge,” Warren said. 

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