Haaland Presses Trump Administration Officials on Lack of Preparedness, President’s Inappropriate Response to Coronavirus Outbreak
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Deb Haaland (NM-01), pressed Administration officials on the lack of preparedness and President Trump’s inappropriate response to the coronavirus outbreak during a House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing today. Her line of questions included concerns about the lack of warning from federal agencies to the State of New Mexico after residents returned home from a cruise with suspected exposure and the President’s dismissive language after the outbreak was announced and insistence to continue holding large gatherings.
After coronavirus cases were confirmed in New Mexico yesterday, Haaland remains in close contact with the New Mexico Department of Health, City of Albuquerque, and Centers for Disease Control. Last week, Haaland voted for Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act is a strong $8.3 billion emergency supplemental package that will help prepare for the scale and seriousness of the public health threat posed by the coronavirus. Haaland launched a bilingual Coronavirus Info Center on her website to ensure residents in the district have easy access to prevention measures and the latest official information.