On Monday Democratic leaders slammed President Trump’s strategy for coronavirus testing, as an effort to “deny the truth” about the current lack of supplies.
Democrats, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, stated about the Trump administration’s plan for testing that was submitted to Congress on Sunday.
The leaders in Congress alleged the administration “still does not have a serious plan” to increase testing to prevent the further spread of COVID-19
“This disappointing report confirms that President Trump’s national testing strategy is to deny the truth that there aren’t enough tests and supplies, reject responsibility and dump the burden onto the states,” the statement read.
“In this document, the Trump Administration again attempts to paint a rosy picture about testing while experts continue to warn the country is far short of what we need,” it continued.
The report patently declares the administration’s position that testing is a responsibility for the states instead of the federal government.
The Trump administration’s strategy requests that all states tests the minimum of 2 percent of their populations in May and June. The report also details the testing targets that all states reported to federal officials in May.
“With support from the Federal government to ensure States are meeting goals, the State plans for testing will advance the safe reopening of America,” the plan says.
In this statement, the Democratic leaders demanded a better explanation for how the targets were determined, how they would be met and the consequences for states if they did not meet the targets. They also criticized the administration for placing the burden of responsibility on the states.
The Democrats also called for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to quit blocking the recent House-passed Covid-19 relief package, so necessary funds can improve testing. The leaders said in order for the country to reopen, it needs free, accurate and reliable testing.
Political leaders have contested the fact whether increased coronavirus testing is necessary before reopening, as states across the country begin to reduce their restrictions.
The White House failed to return a request for comment.