WASHINGTON, DC – Congress and President Donald J. Trump acted quickly to provide additional resources, which gave our public health officials on the front lines an extra boost to ensure they have the resources needed to help combat the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. And last year, Congress passed and the president signed the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act (PAHPAIA), a bill championed by Energy and Commerce Members Reps. Susan Brooks (R-IN) and Anna Eshoo (D-CA), which reauthorized our emergency preparedness and response systems to help the government better meet challenges like the COVID-19 outbreak.
Furthering efforts to combat COVID-19, Members of the Energy and Commerce Committee have been keeping an open dialogue with their constituents and local officials, many whose districts and states now have confirmed cases of coronavirus, to help share the latest information, answer questions, and see what else they can do to make sure their districts have the tools needed.
Here’s just some of what our Members have been doing:
E&C GOP Leader Greg Walden (R-OR) traveled to Umatilla County in his district, where there was a recent confirmed case of COVID-19, to meet with local public health officials. The previous week he brought together public health officials from two counties to discuss the latest updates and hear directly from the officials on what they need to better handle an outbreak. Walden also held a townhall with constituents to answer their questions.
Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) also met with the public health officials on the front line in his district in Michigan and discussed the $8.3 billion supplemental to fight COVID-19.
Rep. Michael Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) held a telephone townhall to hear from his constituents and answer questions on COVID-19.
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) traveled to her state of Washington, which has so far been hit hardest by COVID-19, to meet with Governor Jay Inslee, Vice President Mike Pence, CMS Administrator Seema Verma, and CDC Director Robert Redfield. McMorris Rodgers also led a call with Eastern Washington health officials.
Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH) also held a call with health commissioners from his state of Ohio to see how he could facilitate local needs from the federal government.
Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) talked directly to hospitals in North Carolina to see how he could assist with COVID-19. Hudson also wrote an op-ed in a North Carolina newspaper.
Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX) also penned an op-ed in a local paper on COVID-19.
Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) made a page on his website dedicated to coronavirus information.