Trump to Declare a National Emergency

Trump to Declare a National Emergency. On Friday, President Donald Trump is expected to declare a national emergency over the Chinese coronavirus pandemic. The President will invoke the Stafford Act with the the purpose “to open the door to more federal aid for states and municipalities, according to two people familiar with the matter,” Bloomberg News says.


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The move would allow the government to martial additional resources to combat the virus, and also marks a symbolic turning point for the president, who has repeatedly compared the coronavirus to the seasonal flu and insisted that his administration had the outbreak under control,” Bloomberg reported. Senate Democrats have urged Trump to invoke the Stafford Act and other disaster declaration requests they say would free up more than $42 billion in funding for states available in the Disaster Relief Fund.

An emergency declaration would allow a state to request a 75% federal cost-share for expenses that include emergency workers, medical tests, medical supplies, vaccinations, security for medical facilities, and more, according to a letter Democrats sent the president earlier this week. Only a few emergency declarations for public health threats have been made since the 1960s, and only two have targeted disease outbreaks, when President Bill Clinton in 2000 declared emergencies in New York and New Jersey in response to the West Nile Virus.

The President has taken decisive action since the coronavirus outbreak. On Thursday, President Trump signed an executive order that will end medical reliance on China as he will insist on American-made medical supplies. The President also plans on improving the availability of face masks as well as respirators. Becker's Hospital Review reports, “as health systems around the country grapple with dwindling supplies of protective N95 face masks, which filter out about 95 percent of all airborne particles.”

“President Trump is focused on the health of the American people, and so his administration has taken action to provide protection to manufacturers that will enable production of millions of additional masks for our healthcare providers,” said a White House memo.

The Daily Wire reports: Although details of the executive order are scarce, Sen. Marco Rubio told Fox News that the measure is “a very strong first step toward increasing domestic production by enforcing Buy American requirements for pharmaceuticals and medical supplies, as well as fast-tracking approval” from the Federal Food and Drug Administration for coronavirus tests, treatments, medications, and other assorted needs.

According to the Associated Press, the measure is ultimately going to be put in place to end the overall reliance on China for medical supplies. “China is a key supplier of drug active ingredients, the chemical components that make drugs work, and finished medicines for the U.S. market,” the Associated Press said. “Those include the active ingredients for antibiotics and pills to treat common chronic conditions such as heart disease.”

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