Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01)
WASHINGTON—Today, following report after report about the dangerous trends in Arizona’s COVID-19 expansion, including statistics that show Maricopa County is “eclipsing the New York City boroughs even on their worst days,” Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) issued the following statement:
“This once-preventable situation in Arizona—and across our country—is completely unacceptable. A complete void of helpful information and national leadership to address this global crisis should never have occurred in the greatest country on earth. Bottom line: I fear for the health and safety of my constituents and the people of Arizona.
“In April, I joined the House Problem Solvers Caucus—a bipartisan group comprised of 25 Republicans and 25 Democrats—to release our Recovery and Back to Work Checklist, a multi-prong, data-driven proposal for reopening America that focuses first on health care needs and then on reigniting the economy safely. I am disappointed and extremely frustrated that this administration continues to overlook thoughtful proposals like ours that prioritize public health, and instead force state and local leaders to make critical decisions in a void of helpful information or direction.
“As we stated in our bipartisan proposal, we need to accept the fact that even when we reopen America, COVID-19 will be a part of our society until we discover and disseminate a vaccine. Until we have a vaccine, life will be different, and we need a national plan by which we can adjust and live safely.
“I am calling on the president and his administration to do what should have been done from the beginning: work with public health experts to identify actionable changes and create a concrete, national plan to guide state, local, and tribal governments to test, trace, and address this spike in COVID-19 cases before our health systems reach capacity and hard choices must be made.
“The American people deserve transparency and accountability from elected leaders at all levels of government.”
Last week, O’Halleran questioned members of the administration’s coronavirus response team, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institute of Health and Admiral Brett Giroir, Assistant Secretary for Health at the Department of Health and Human Services, on the lack of a federal testing and tracing plan, and the risk of continued rising cases as fall approaches. View his remarks, HERE.
Below is a list of letters O’Halleran has sent to Vice President Pence, head of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, regarding COVID-19, all of which remain unanswered:
Sent May 6
Sent April 12
Sent March 29
Sent March 20
Sent March 10