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Schumer: ‘Czar’ Military Official Needed to Oversee Production and Distribution of Medical Supplies

Posted on Apr 06, 2020 06:37 pm

In a news conference on Monday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer urged the Trump Administration to invoke the Defense Production Act (DPA) and appoint a senior military official as a czar to manage the production and distribution of critical medical supplies requested by states.

Potential candidates put forward by Schumer include Air Force Gen. Paul Selva, Adm. Sandy Winnefeld, and Vice Adm. Mark Harnitchek. “Governors need a national system, this hunting and pecking system isn’t working,” said Schumer.

Additionally, Schumer said he will name former Elizabeth Warren aide Bharat Rmamurti to serve on a new coronavirus commission that will oversee corporate loans under the recent $500 billion relief package.

Photo by Jose Luis Magana // AP

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Post courtesy of the Association of Defense Communities

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