The Kentucky Republican later said he had apologized to Beatty, who chairs the Congressional Black Caucus.
Failing to fund a response means less tracking, less understanding, slower creation of a vaccine and more people infected.
It's getting warmer, and lawmakers just keep fighting.
Lawmakers are still hung up on a few details in the omnibus spending bill.
If the Republican leadership can sell it to enough of its members, it could be a way out of the perpetual crisis machine that the budget has become. By separating the politics from the actual real-world results, it allows both factions of the Republican Party to get what they want.