WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) announced they have joined colleagues in a letter to Vice President Pence requesting information on how the Administration is distributing critical medical supplies to jurisdictions in need. The Senators expressed concerns with the lack of transparency with distribution, including concerns that the government is paying for medical supplies to be brought to the U.S., but these supplies are then distributed through private supply chains rather than directly to areas of need.
“We fear that, absent sufficient oversight and direction, the arrangement the Administration is using to deliver personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks, N95 respirators, hospital gowns, and gloves to communities in need leaves the federal government open to potential fraud and inefficiencies while Americans are combatting the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic,” wrote the Senators. “We urge you to clarify and adjust your policies on the acquisition and distribution of critical medical supplies to ensure that the American people receive clarity on the process and much-needed support as quickly and effectively as possible.”
Read the Senators’ full letter here.