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44 Lawmakers Demand Answers to Administration’s Unsubstantiated Coronavirus Claims

March 26, 2020
Press Release

(WASHINGTON. D.C.)  -- Today, Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) joined Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) and 43 colleagues in sending a letter to President Donald J. Trump demanding evidence to corroborate his administration’s claims that it is resolving shortages of critical medical supplies needed to combat coronavirus and keep medical personnel safe.

The letter comes as medical practitioners across the country urgently call for more protection and equipment, creating websites for the public to donate supplies and leading conversations online with #GiveMePPE.

“This Administration claims it’s addressing our medical supply shortages, but doctors and nurses are saying the exact opposite, and the American people deserve to know the truth,” Rep. Torres said. “If the Administration has a list of critical supplies it is providing, what’s on that list? If they’ve conducted a nation-wide needs assessment, what did they find? If they’ve met with industry to encourage new manufacturing, who did they meet with? How many units will the specific manufacturers produce? Of which specific equipment? And by when?"

“These aren’t unreasonable questions – this is the bare minimum information they can provide right now,” Torres continued. “Accurate information, and meaningful follow-through on claims about medical supplies is more than a question of credibility at this point – this is a life-or-death situation for more Americans than I dare say, and we need to know the Administration is rising to meet the moment.”

A copy of the letter is available here.

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