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Congressman Mo Brooks to Vice President Pence: Thanks for Stopping Giveaways of American Medical Supplies to Foreign Countries

April 2, 2020
Press Release

Washington, DC— Thursday, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) sent a letter to Vice President Mike Pence thanking him for placing a moratorium on shipments of medical supplies to foreign nations from the stockpile maintained by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) while a review of all U.S. aid procedures is undertaken. The letter also urges Vice President Pence to continue the moratorium until America has the capacity to produce enough personal protective equipment (PPE) and medical equipment to fill anticipated supply gaps in our health care system and to replenish our domestic stockpiles.

Congressman Brooks was joined on the letter by 7 cosigners.

Click HERE to view and download Congressman Brooks’ letter to Vice President Pence.

Congressman Brooks said, “It is the height of irresponsibility for America to ship our medical supplies to foreign countries when Americans desperately need those supplies here. I thank Vice President Pence and the Coronavirus Task Force for putting Americans First as we battle this once-in-a-century pandemic. As of now, America has more than 214,000 COVID-19 cases resulting in more than 5,000 deaths. American medical providers are short on personal protective equipment (PPE) and medical equipment that could save American lives. Not another piece of piece of PPE or medical equipment should leave our shores until we get a handle on the crisis at home.”

Text of Congressman Brooks’ letter to Vice President Pence follows:

 

April 2, 2020

The Honorable Michael R. Pence

Vice President of the United States

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW

Washington, DC 20500

Dear Vice President Pence:

It is our understanding that the White House Coronavirus Task Force has placed a moratorium on shipments of medical supplies to foreign nations from the stockpile maintained by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) while it undertakes a review of all U.S. aid procedures. We applaud this decision, and commend the Task Force for taking decisive action as it manages this once-in-a-century health crisis.

Our health care professionals are doing an admirable job caring for COVID-19 patients and preparing for the anticipated surge of future cases. However, many of our hospital systems currently lack adequate amounts of personal protective equipment (PPE) and medical equipment to protect our health care workers and treat our citizens who have been infected with COVID-19. Given that our current domestic stockpiles are rapidly diminishing, it is crucial that any PPE and medical equipment currently in the USAID stockpile that may be or are needed for use in the United States to combat COVID-19 not be sent overseas, but directed for domestic use.

As has been publicly reported, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States has exceeded 214,000, including over 5,000 deaths. We whole-heartedly agree with what you said yesterday: “These are not numbers, these are Americans. They are our loved ones and we are doing everything we can to keep them safe.” Until we have the capacity to produce enough PPE and medical equipment to fill anticipated supply gaps in our health care system and to replenish our domestic stockpiles, we respectfully request that the Task Force continue its moratorium on shipments of government-owned medical supplies to foreign nations.

 

Sincerely,

 

Mo Brooks

Member of Congress

 

Elise M. Stefanik

Member of Congress

 

Andy Biggs

Member of Congress

 

Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S.

Member of Congress

 

Bob Gibbs

Member of Congress

 

Austin Scott

Member of Congress

 

Doug Lamborn

Member of Congress

 

W. Gregory Steube

Member of Congress

                         

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