Fighting the coronavirus outbreak? Elizabeth Warren has a plan for that.

The Senator and presidential candidate introduced a bill Thursday that would redirect money President Trump has tapped for constructing a wall between the United States and Mexico and instead use it to combat the looming coronavirus outbreak in America.

“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 said of the legislation.

The White House has requested emergency funds totaling only $2.5 billion to fight the spread of the disease.

This amount has been criticized by both Democrats and Republicans as too little.

While Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer has suggested $8.5 billion be put towards coronavirus response, Warren’s plan would actually reroute approximately $10 billion from the highly controversial border wall to the Department of Health and Human Services.

And the proposed legislation is going over well with Warren’s supporters online, who are praising her for having a concrete plan while also managing to roll her eyes at Trump’s wall.

“Next, tap Trump’s golf budget,” joked Stephanie Kennedy.

Warren first brought up her plan at CNN’s Town Hall on Wednesday, where she also criticized Trump’s decision to put Vice President Mike Pence in charge of coordinating the response to the virus.

“Do keep in mind that this vice president has dealt with a public health emergency before in Indiana,” she said, referencing Indiana’s HIV outbreak, for which Pence is largely blamed. “And what was his approach? It was to put politics over science and let a serious virus expand in his state and cost people lives.”

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“This is what it means to either have a president who’s all about politics and all about himself, and a president like I want to be. A president who gets the job done for the American people,” she said.

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*First Published: February 28, 2020, 10:42 am