What do you think? Leave a respectful comment.

WATCH: Senate Appropriations Committee holds hearing with Xavier Becerra about HHS budget

Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra testified Wednesday before the Senate Committee on Appropriations to discuss funding for his department under President Joe Biden’s Fiscal Year 2022 budget request.

Watch the hearing in the video player above.

Becerra detailed a $25 billion proposed increase in funding for the department to bring its total to about $131.7 billion in discretionary budget.

The request includes a $200 million increase for the National Strategic Stockpile that provides medical supplies and equipment during public health emergencies, a $1.6 billion increase for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a $9 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health.