SPEECH: Our frontline workers still need PPE

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Washington, May 28, 2020 | comments

"We’ve lost over 100,000 lives to this pandemic and people on the frontlines are still waiting for the PPE they need to protect themselves and our communities.          

 

"Every single day, healthcare providers tell us they are being forced to compete for high-priced supplies, if they can find any at all. They’re told to keep a 90-day supply for the fall surge, when it’s a miracle if they have enough supplies for two weeks.

 

"Our frontline workers feel abandoned by their government – and how can we blame them?

 

"The President is claiming victory in a crisis we are still fighting, visiting state after state without a plan. He has the authority to use the Defense Production Act to increase production of PPE to save lives and chooses not to, while the safety of our frontline workers hangs in the balance.   

 

"We have sent countless letters, introduced bills, and passed legislation. We need this President to act.


"But the Administration has ignored these calls - focusing instead on firing civil servants who try to raise the alarm, such as HHS Inspector General Christi Grimm.


"The President needs to do his job and protect the brave Americans who are risking their lives to keep us safe.


"I yield back."


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