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Schumer Insists Trump Appoint Military Official to Lead Production Act

Schumer Insists Trump Appoint Military Official to Lead Production Act

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (Getty Images)

By    |   Saturday, 04 April 2020 03:48 PM

President Donald Trump should appoint a military official to lead efforts at getting production and shipping done through the Defense Production Act, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Saturday.

Officials in New York and elsewhere are having trouble getting what they need to treat coronavirus patients, Schumer told CNN.

"Just in the last day, I heard from hospitals who didn't have ventilators. Police officers who don't have masks," Schumer said. "Nurses, medical technicians on the front lines risking their lives who don't have PPE. So the system that the federal government has put in place is not working, plain and simple."

Trump already has put in limited use of the Defense Production Act, typically used in wartime, to force manufacturers to make goods to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. But he has attempted to show restraint, hoping businesses will do the right thing on their own.

Schumer said that isn't getting the job done. The DPA allows a military leader to take over the factories and supply chains and distribute the materials, he said.

"We are not going to overcome this supply problem unless we have someone, a military person in charge," he said. "Someone who knows command and control. Someone who knows logistics. Someone who knows quartermastering and then the president has to back up this military person with all the authority of his office.

"When the military person says factory 'A,' you make a million swabs this week. You can do it. And then, I am going to take those swabs and send them to Michigan and New York, say, where they're short of them," Schumer said. "Right now the supply system is scattershot, catch as catch can. It's a spectacle that hospital chiefs, mayors and governors have to be calling private companies and countries across the world to get the supplies that we should have ready and available to them."

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Trump already has put in limited use of the Defense Production Act, typically used in wartime, to force manufacturers to make goods to fight to COVID-19 pandemic. But he has attempted to show restraint, hoping businesses will do the right thing on their own.
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