Examining the National Response to the Worsening Coronavirus Pandemic, Hearing Before the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Sixteenth Congress, Second Session, July 8, 2020   [open pdf - 429KB]

This is the July 8, 2020 hearing on "Examining the National Response to the Worsening Coronavirus Pandemic," held before the Committee on Homeland Security. From the opening statement of Bennie G. Thompson: "The United States currently has 20 percent of the world's coronavirus cases, despite having only 4 percent of the world's population. As the countries are bringing their outbreaks under control, U.S. cases are headed in the opposite direction. Meanwhile, President Trump continues to deny the severity of the problem and is instead focused on his own reelection campaign. Many State and local governments, public health officials, hospitals, and medical workers are doing the best they can under the circumstances, but we need real leadership at the Federal level if our country is to overcome the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic. Today we will hear from those who have taken action where the administration has failed to do so: A Governor, a mayor, a public health official, and an emergency manager. They are in many ways on the front line of this worsening pandemic, obtaining PPEs [personal protective equipment] and testing supplies, requiring masks and social distancing, and sounding the alarm about the devastating effects of this disease on minority and economically-disadvantaged communities. I hope to hear that testimony about what needs to be done to reverse the current trend of cases to protect our health and our economy. The American people are counting on us." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Jay Robert Pritzker, Jason L. Shelton, Umair A. Shah, Brian Hastings.

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Serial No. 116-73
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