Congressmen React to Whistleblower Complaint on Coronavirus Response

Congressmen React to Whistleblower Complaint on Coronavirus Response


U.S. House Representatives Mark Takano, John Garamendi, and Scott Peters all (D-Calif.), who represent districts in the state where military bases that received evacuees from China are located, released a joint statement on Saturday after the Department of Health and Human (HHS) Services failed to provide them a briefing on the coronavirus response. The statement read in part: “Following reports that a senior health official at HHS filed a whistleblower complaint alleging improper training, personnel movements, and a lack of safety equipment for HHS workers who handled repatriated Americans from China, we immediately called for a briefing from senior health officials and demanded more information on these allegations. We are very concerned by the administration’s failure to schedule a timely briefing with us and provide us with the latest developments on the federal government’s response to coronavirus.” The congressmen went on to explain how as representatives of military bases and communities that housed repatriated Americans and given the threat that these serious allegations may pose to public health, “[W]e need answers. We called for this briefing because during these difficult times, our constituents and the American people deserve a proactive, level-headed response and honesty from the federal government.”  They further expressed belief the Trump Administration’s response does not give them confidence that they are equipped to manage a potential pandemic or that they are taking this situation as seriously as it demands. In conclusion the congressmen declared, “We will continue demanding a briefing from HHS and the CDC and will relay any new information we learn once that happens.”

Header Photo: U.S. Representatives Mark Takano, John Garamendi and Scott Peters

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