White House blames Democratic-controlled Congress for PPE and testing shortages

The White House on Tuesday blamed the Democratic-controlled Congress for shortages of COVID-19 tests and personal protective equipment (PPE) ahead of an expected spike in coronavirus cases this winter.

Dr. Ashish Jha, the Biden administration’s COVID-19 coordinator, told reporters at the White House on Tuesday that Congress hasn’t “done its job” on COVID-19 funding:

Yeah, so we – we mentioned that there were two areas where we weren’t going to have the stocks that we wanted to have for winter: PPE and testing. The two essential elements of a COVID response.

But when Congress fails to do its job, we have to make extremely difficult choices. We made the choice that we wanted to make sure people had the – we had enough vaccines for Americans. We wanted to make sure we had enough treatments for the Americans. And that necessarily meant we entered this winter without adequate stocks of PPE or testing. This remains true today.

And, you know, the last point I’ll make on that is that, in my mind, it’s unacceptable for Congress to force us to make these choices for the American people. The American people deserve a COVID response that does not compromise between testing and PPE on the one hand and treatments and vaccines on the other. They deserve a COVID response that allows us to have all of these things. And sadly, that’s not where Congress landed on this.

Both houses of Congress are controlled by Democrats. The White House seemed to suggest that the Republican opposition was to blame for Congress’s reluctance to pass new COVID-19 funding, but Democrats were able to push through other bills, such as the so-called reduction in inflation, on strict party lines using the “reconciliation” process that bypasses the filibuster in the Senate.

President Joe Biden and Democrats attacked then-President Donald Trump in 2020 when the country encountered the pandemic without sufficient testing or PPE supplies. President Trump activated the Defense Production Act to provide needed supplies.

While promising to do a better job on the pandemic, the Biden administration has presided over more COVID-19 deaths than the Trump administration, despite the presence of vaccines, which were accelerated under Trump, despite skeptical objections. of Biden.

Joel B. Pollak is editor of Breitbart News and host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot Sunday nights from 7-10 p.m. ET (4-7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book Neither Free Nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His latest book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is the winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.


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