House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took many by surprise recently when she issued a public demand to President Donald Trump, but he isn’t budging — even though she seems to think he is going to cater to her demands.
Recently, Trump signed the Defense Production Powers Act, but he hasn’t used it just yet.
Pelosi wants him to use the power to force U.S. businesses to manufacture supplies to fight the coronavirus.
According to the Washington Examiner, Pelosi said he needs “to mass-produce and coordinate distribution of these critical supplies before the need worsens and the shortages become even more dire.”
Pelosi emphasized that the federal government can’t afford to waste time addressing “shortages of critical medical and personal protective equipment” that she said is endangering health care workers.
“There is not a day to lose,” Pelosi said. “We must put more testing, more protective equipment, and more ventilators into the hands of our front-line workers immediately.”
Pelosi’s statement came after Trump tweeted Wednesday evening that he had signed the Defense Production Act so he could use it in a “worst-case scenario.”
“I only signed the Defense Production Act to combat the Chinese Virus should we need to invoke it in a worst-case scenario in the future. Hopefully, there will be no need, but we are all in this TOGETHER!” the president wrote.
But here’s why Trump has resisted so far: This would amount to exerting a lot of power, however temporarily, and businesses have already stepped up to the plate in a big way on a volunteer basis.
“We are literally being besieged in a beautiful way by companies that want to do the work and help our country. We have not had a problem with that at all,” Trump said.
So why is Pelosi rushing to force businesses to do something they are already doing?
Well, first of all, she is a liberal Democrat. She is also trying to stay relevant, but Trump is handling things just fine; he doesn’t need her.
The Trump administration has been making big moves to combat the coronavirus.
The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed legislation on Wednesday providing billions of dollars to limit the damage from the coronavirus pandemic through free testing, paid sick leave, and expanded safety-net spending.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper revealed this week that his department is making 5 million N95 masks available to health workers, including 1 million immediately, and freeing up 2,000 ventilators from its stockpile.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced that the administration is working to get checks to Americans in two weeks to help workers cope with the economic effects of the crisis.
Trump has decided to suspend all travel from the European Union as well as the U.K. and Ireland.
The president also declared a national emergency over the weekend.
A major report out of South Korea should also give hope to the United States during this crisis.
As lawmakers come together to hash out the details, we also just learned that two members of Congress have self-quarantined after testing positive for contracting the coronavirus.