Reps. Rouda and Cisneros Lead Delegation Letter to Federal Agencies Highlighting the Need for COVID-19 Supplies in Orange County | Representative Harley Rouda

Reps. Rouda and Cisneros Lead Delegation Letter to Federal Agencies Highlighting the Need for COVID-19 Supplies in Orange County

April 3, 2020
Press Release

Laguna Beach, CA - Today, Representative Harley Rouda (CA-48) and Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39), along with Reps. Correa (CA-46), Levin (CA-49), Lowenthal (CA-47), Porter (CA-45), and Sánchez (CA-38), sent a letter to the Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Health and Human Services (HHS), highlighting the need for supplies in Orange County to address COVID-19 and urging them to use the considerable resources approved by Congress to get supplies to the front lines of this crisis.

“Our health care workers did not sign up to treat patients without proper personal protective equipment — we are sending them into battle with a deadly disease without any armor," said Rouda. "Congress has made billions of dollars available to supply health care workers with the equipment they need. DHS and HHS must act immediately to ensure supplies are procured and delivered to communities like Orange County, who are in desperate need.”

“Since the beginning of this crisis, our health care workers have been putting their lives on the line to help others. They are in desperate need of medical equipment and supplies to properly treat their patients and keep themselves safe," said Cisneros. "Joined by our Orange County House colleagues, Rep. Rouda and I are leading the charge to get our heroic healthcare workers the PPE and medical supplies they deserve. As Congress has already passed three bipartisan coronavirus response bills, the federal government needs to step up and deliver these critical resources urgently. There is no time to waste.”

Said Lowenthal, “In the wealthiest country on Earth, doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals are fighting a devastating disease without the personal protective and medical equipment to allow them to protect themselves while they fight to save lives. These shortages won’t go away on their own. We need an all-hands-on-deck, coordinated federal government response to get supplies where they are needed most. That means full mobilization by the federal government and making full use of the Defense Production Act to ensure the safety of all Americans.”

The letter urges DHS and HHS to use their authorities, including those delegated to Secretary Azar under the Defense Production Act for the proper nationwide prioritization and allocation of all health and medical resources such as those listed above, and the funding appropriated by Congress to work diligently with States and local governments to ensure healthcare workers and first responders on the frontlines are properly equipped to save lives and combat COVID-19.