WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a member of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) joined 15 of their colleagues on a letter led by U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) calling on President Trump to provide answers on his administration’s mismanagement of the Strategic National Stockpile, which has left states without the federal assistance and supplies they need to combat this virus and save lives.
“The COVID-19 pandemic threatens the overall health and safety of families across the country, in every single state. Dozens of states have requested supplies from the stockpile to ensure that public health workers, emergency responders, and frontline health care workers have the personal protective equipment they need to prevent the spread of this virus and provide the highest quality patient care to those impacted. However, your Administration has failed to sufficiently respond to these requests,” wrote the senators in their letter.
The senators continued: “It should not take public pleas from governors or letters from congressional delegations for states to obtain the supplies they need. The stockpile was intended to support a response to a large scale disaster, and yet, as the country finds itself experiencing exactly the kind of crisis the stockpile was created to mitigate, your Administration has failed to respond with the urgency that is so clearly needed.”
In light of recent public statements, concerning changes to the stockpile’s website, and opaque distributions practices, the senators are seeking answers from President Trump to the following questions regarding the current management of the stockpile:
The full letter is available here.
Murphy, Blumenthal, Baldwin and Murray were joined on the letter by U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.).