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Congressman Taylor Introduces Resolution Calling for Use of Defense Production Act for COVID-19 Response

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Washington, March 23, 2020 | Anna R. McCormack ((202) 570-0927) | comments
United States Congressman Van Taylor (R-TX-03) joined Congressman Andy Levin (D-MI-09) to introduce a bipartisan resolution urging the President to utilize the Defense Production Act to respond to COVID-19 and meet the critical supply needs of our nation's healthcare system.
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Congressman Taylor Introduces Resolution Calling for Use of Defense Production Act for COVID-19 Response

WASHINGTON - Today, United States Congressman Van Taylor (R-TX-03) joined Congressman Andy Levin (D-MI-09) to introduce a bipartisan resolution urging the President to utilize the Defense Production Act to respond to COVID-19 and meet the critical supply needs of our nation's healthcare system.

Congressman Taylor said, “This is an unprecedented moment for our nation - a threat unlike any we have experienced in our lifetimes. In order to succeed in slowing the spread and saving lives we must ensure the nurses, doctors, and first responders on the frontlines of this pandemic have the tools and gear they need to get the job done." He continued, “Utilizing the Defense Production Act can help increase production so that we can meet the equipment needs of our healthcare providers.”

According to from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), healthcare personnel caring for patients infected with the SARS-CoV-2 infection, should utilize Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - masks, gowns, eye protection, and gloves - to protect themselves from spreading the virus and becoming infected themselves. However, accounts from healthcare providers across the nation report critical shortages of PPE. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released guidance "encouraging healthcare systems to implement strategies to conserve supplies."

The bipartisan resolution expresses the sense of the United States House of Representatives that the President should use all relevant authorities under the Defense Production Act to rapidly increase domestic production of supplies needed to address the COVID-19 pandemic. The resolution also requires the President to report to Congress on how the Administration will use the authorities under the Defense Production Act, including specific targets and timelines.

The Defense Production Act Resolution has support from seven Republicans and seven Democrats, including, Representatives Van Taylor (R-TX-03), Andy Levin (D-MI-09), Don Bacon (R-NE-02), Steve Chabot (R-OH-01), Rodney Davis (R-IL-13), Diana DeGette (D-CO-01), Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH-16), Bill Huizenga (R-MI-02), Dan Kildee (D-MI-05), Ted Lieu (D-CA-33), Katie Porter (D-CA-45), Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ-11), Abigail Spanberger (D-VA-07), and Fred Upton (R-MI-04). The text of the resolution can be found here.

Background
Enacted in 1950 in response to the Korean War, the Defense Production Act (DPA) provides the President with the authority to expedite and expand the supply of resources from the U.S. industrial base to support military, energy, space, and homeland security programs. Since 1950, the DPA has been reauthorized over fifty times for counter terrorism efforts within the United States, emergency preparedness activities, protection and restoration of critical infrastructure; and the continuity of Government.

A 7th generation Texan, Congressman Van Taylor is a dedicated family man, successful businessman, and decorated Marine Officer. Taylor served Collin County both in the Texas House of Representatives and Texas Senate. Today, Taylor is proud to serve on the House Committee on Financial Services.

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