Smith statement on coronavirus threat

Congressman Chris Smith, the ranking member of the House global health subcommittee, today called on Congress to immediately act on President Donald Trump’s  request for emergency funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) and other agencies’ response to the threat from the coronavirus.

“This week, the Trump administration is requesting at least $2.5 billion in additional funding to combat the coronavirus,” said Smith.  “The President, Secretary Azar, and others have moved swiftly to identify comprehensive ways to protect US citizens and prepare for a potential pandemic.” 

Smith recommended the CDC website for its background on the coronavirus and its guide on actions people can take to slow the spread of a pandemic virus and protect family and friends.

The CDC reports, as of Feb. 25, that 14 cases have been diagnosed in the United States, plus 39 cases among repatriated persons from high-risk settings (such as the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan), for a current total of 53 cases within the United States.

“We cannot afford to underestimate the potential risk to Americans across the country,” Smith said. “We must bring to bear the full expertise, weight and resources of the federal government to help mitigate the dangers and foster real protection going forward,” he said.

Posted: February 26th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Health Care | Tags: , , , , , | 3 Comments »

3 Comments on “Smith statement on coronavirus threat”

  1. Democrats Need To said at 8:52 am on February 27th, 2020:

    Stop Playing Politics With This…

    Authorize the $2.5 Billion and if we need more, authorize more. But let’s get things moving instead of grandstanding.

  2. Nancy was said at 11:58 am on February 27th, 2020:

    just awful at her “ press conference “ a few minutes ago. She has made the decision to “win,” and if it’s Bernie, that’s fine.These people get more power- mad, slash- and- burn by the day. We are in for nine more months of their nasty lies and misery.And, when Trump beats them again, they will create some other issue(s) to blame him for. But, if we persevere for four more years, they will have finally become much more irrelevant.

  3. Bob English said at 6:07 am on February 29th, 2020:

    Hopefully Rep Smith will tell the loon in the White House that this is not a hoax