Doyle Questions Trump Administration about its COVID-19 Response

June 23, 2020
Press Release

Washington, DC – June 23, 2020 – U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (PA-18) released the following statement about the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing, “Oversight of the Trump Administration’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.”

“Our country has seen over 2.2 million cases of COVID-19 and 119,000 related deaths. Our resources are overextended - health providers do not have the resources they need, millions of Americans are filing for unemployment and are unable to afford rent or basic necessities, many small businesses are closing their doors permanently, safety net providers are straining to make up the difference, and our food banks have lines out the door. Americans are looking for leadership as this pandemic continues - and the Trump Administration isn’t stepping up.

“While the Trump Administration was informed of the threat posed by COVID-19 six months ago, we still don’t have a national testing, treatment, or vaccination strategy to protect Americans and save lives.

“The Trump Administration has failed to adequately address the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on communities of color and vulnerable communities, which face significant hurdles to accessing testing and treatment. 

“Rather than listen to its own public health experts and keep Americans safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trump Administration terminated our country’s relationship with the World Health Organization and issued vague guidelines for states to reopen their economies. We are already seeing the consequences of its lack of leadership in the increased number of cases across the country.

“Rather than developing a national vaccination strategy to coordinate the production and dissemination of a COVID-19 vaccine, President Trump touted the use of hydroxychloroquine which has been widely discredited by medical professionals. When we have a vaccine, we need to be ready to put it in the hands of health care providers quickly.

“Rather than use the full force of the Defense Production Act, President Trump enlisted the help of Jared Kushner and a team of volunteers to meet the nationwide shortage of masks, gowns, and gloves. I will ask witnesses like Dr. Fauci about the Trump Administration’s failures to procure personal protective equipment for our nation’s healthcare workers, first responders, and frontline workers who are risking their health and lives each day on the job -- and I will demand to know what the Administration will do going forward to ensure this nation has enough PPE.

“The Trump Administration’s response to COVID-19 has been like that of a backseat driver who can’t read a map. I’m looking forward to getting some directions for the American people today.”

Today, the House Energy and Commerce Committee is holding a hearing regarding the Trump Administration's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the development of a national testing and contact tracing strategy, treatment, and a vaccine. 

This hearing includes witnesses from the Trump Administration, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases; ADM Brett Giroir, Assistant Secretary of Health at the Department of Health and Human Services; Dr. Stephen Hahn, Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration; Dr. Robert Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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