Ocasio-Cortez, a revolutionary Democrat from NY, defined in a Sunday interview with CNN's State of the Union that there's a critical scarcity of fundamental clinical prerequisites reminiscent of mask, gloves and respirators. "We need to start this production right now to get ready for the surge that is coming in two to three weeks".
The other side: "The President has invoked the Defense Production Act to ensure that the necessary authorities will be available to prioritize production of items under government contracts and to allocate scarce items where they are needed most". "We are thankful to anyone who's pitching in on this effort, but we are nowhere near the beds, the capacity and the capacity that we need in this country".
FEMA and the Army Corps of Engineers are also already building hospital tents nationwide to prepare for the influx, Gaynor confirmed.
"The fact that the president has not really invoked the Defense Production Act for the objective ... of emergency manufactur [ing] is going to cost lives", Ocasio-Cortez said on "State of the Union" on CNN.
Sens. Chris Murphy of CT and Brian Schatz of Hawaii are introducing a bill Monday to require the President to fully use the Defense Production Act to ensure the country has the crucial medical equipment it needs.
"The president of the United States is from New York City, and he will not lift a finger to help his hometown". New York has the most confirmed cases of the virus in the country, with more than 12,000 known cases in the state and more than 6,000 in New York City alone.
New York City's Mayor De Blasio additionally took objective at Trump in Sunday remarks to NBC News Meet the Press.
"It sure feels like we are on our own", de Blasio told CNN's Wolf Blitzer.
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Oversupply is so extreme that regulators in Texas considered curbing production there for the first time in almost 50 years. Most stations in Regina are selling gas for 76.9¢ per litre, when just weeks ago prices were in the $1.00 per litre range.
The president said at a press briefing Friday that the DPA, which gives the federal government the power to direct companies to prioritize production to meet USA national defense demands, is already being used. "It's as simple as that". Bernie Sanders, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and California Rep. Ro Khanna have all asked him to use those powers. Governor Cuomo said during a Sunday press conference that 114 people had died in NY due to COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus. Not only does the bill require the production of key equipment like ventilators and masks, the bill also requires the federal government to take control of the supply chain for that material.
To immediately increase production of personal protective equipment, ventilators, and testing kits, Congressman Kim has outlined the following recommended actions that the Administration should take immediately.
Ocasio-Cortez, who previously worked as a bartender, spoke about the financial impact the virus is having on the American economy.
Health care professionals from the American Hospital Association (AHA), the American Medical Association (AMA), and the American Nurses Association (ANA) sent a joint letter to President Donald Trump on Saturday pleading for more medical supplies amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
At the same briefing, Peter Navarro - a trade advisor who's involved in the coronavirus response for reasons that remain unclear - added, "We're getting what we need without putting the heavy hand of government down".
"We want to focus on where the need is", he said.
"I think it is abhorrent".