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Members of Congress Urge DOD, FEMA to Utilize Full Defense Manufacturing Potential

Posted on Apr 17, 2020 06:56 pm

In a recent bipartisan letter lead by Derek Kilmer (WA-06), Tom Cole (OK-04), and Cheri Bustos (IL-17), the representatives advised the Department of Defense and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to take full advantage of its manufacturing base to produce essential Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including masks, gloves, ventilators and other lifesaving resources.

“Medical professionals across the country are in dire need of personal protective equipment as they continue to treat the critically ill and risk their health daily,” said Rep. Cole. “Adding Department of Defense’s manufacturing capabilities as a way to contribute to a whole-of-government effort to defeat COVID-19 just makes sense,” he said.

The letter was signed by 52 members of Congress and urged Defense Secretary Mark Esper and FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor to provide guidance to installations on how to best utilize its resources and capabilities.

“COVID-19 does not recognize fence lines and we believe our country needs a ‘one community’ approach that links bases and communities together to manage response and recovery,” said Association of Defense Communities president Joe Driskill in a press release by Rep. Kilmer.

Photo by Joshua Seybert/U.S. Air Force

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Post courtesy of the Association of Defense Communities

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