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Democratic leaders say Trump testing strategy is 'to deny the truth' about lack of supplies


© Greg Nash Democratic leaders say Trump testing strategy is 'to deny the truth' about lack of supplies

Democratic leaders said Monday that President Trump's strategy for coronavirus testing is to "deny the truth" about the current lack of supplies.


Democrats including Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and Minority Senate Leader Chuck Schumer (N.Y.), reacted in a statement to the Trump administration's plan for testing that was submitted to Congress Sunday.


The congressional leaders alleged the administration "still does not have a serious plan" to boost testing to prevent COVID-19 from spreading further


"This disappointing report confirms that President Trump's national testing strategy is to deny the truth that there aren't enough tests and supplies, reject responsibility and dump the burden onto the states," the statement read.


"In this document, the Trump Administration again attempts to paint a rosy picture about testing while experts continue to warn the country is far short of what we need," it continued.


Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-N.J.), the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions, also signed onto the statement.


The administration's strategy sent to Congress pledged it would purchase 100 million swabs by the end of the year in order to distribute them to the states.


25 May 2020

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