The dozen federal lawmakers who represented the nation’s capital region on Wednesday urged the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to prioritize deliveries to DC, Maryland, and Virginia days after the house’s supervisory committee announced that the Washington region requested a fraction of the requests Had received care officials.
The group of legislators, led by Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.), Including the house’s majority leader, Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.), And a Republican, Rep. Rob Wittman (Va.), Signed one Letter to FEMA administrator Peter T. Gaynor said that the region is closely linked through transit, work and trade, so the “lack of resources in one area naturally affects others”
Deborah Birx of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who is the White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator, recognized last week that the region is on track to become one of the next “hot spots” for the novel coronavirus, the letter says.
“Our jurisdiction cannot wait until the rise is here if we need supplies now,” the letter said. “We expect to become a new epicenter of infection in the coming weeks, despite the recent Stay-at-Home orders.”
Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) As well as Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) Signed the letter with the representatives of Beyer, Hoyer, Wittman and Virginia, Gerald E. Connolly and Jennifer Wexton and Maryland representatives Jamie Raskin and David Trone, and Eleanor Holmes Norton, the district’s non-voting delegate.
Documents received by the House Oversight Committee last week showed how little medical and protective equipment Virginia, Maryland and the district received compared to requests from these jurisdictions.
The letter said, for example, that the district had not received any of the hospital ventilators or goggles officers requested. Maryland received less than a quarter of the 225,194 face mask and 421,532 mask officers requested, and Virginia received none of the requested surgical masks or face masks.