Buffalo Area Congressman Calls on Trump’s Coronavirus Czar to Urgently Provide Test Kits to Communities

Western New York is Quickly Running Out of Tests

News from the B uffalo, New York Office of U.S. Democratic Constressman Brian Higgins

Posted March 18th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

Buffalo, New York – In a letter to Admiral Brett Giroir, Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services and Coronavirus Czar, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is demanding the Administration address the urgent need for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test kits.

Higgins writes –

“This Administration should be acting in a proactive way to help communities plan to address this crisis responsibly. It is horrifying that at this time we must instead beg for your attention.  Our nation is already significantly behind the curve in our response to this public health crisis, and we cannot afford further delays in testing.”

Yesterday Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, in public communications and in discussions with Congressman Higgins, expressed concern about the dire shortage of COVID-19 testing kits.  New York State was able to provide an additional 200 tests, but that will only get the County through the next couple days.

In his letter, Higgins goes on to write –

“If requisition orders for COVID-19 testing supplies from the CDC or other agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are crowding out the ability of local public health departments to obtain their own supply, that represents a serious threat to the health and safety of people in my district and around the country.

“HHS must immediately re-evaluate the process by which it is obtaining COVID-19 testing materials and distributing them to state and local public health officials, and guarantee the ability of those officials to receive a steady supply of testing materials in a timely fashion.”

The House of Representatives approved two pieces of legislation to address the COVID-19 outbreak providing funding for testing, resources for states and localities, support for research and relief for individuals and small business.

To read Congressman Brian Higgin’s full letter to Trump’s ‘Coronavirus Czar’, click on – <https://higgins.house.gov/sites/higgins.house.gov/files/COVID-19%20Testing%20Materials_Signed.pdf>

A Brief Afterword from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper –

A recent cover of New Yorker magazine features “the stable genius” wearing a medical mask. Maybe a gag over his mouth would help keep him from saying anything else that further craters global economies.

If Niagara At Large’s Ontario readers are wondering why I am posting the above News Release from a Buffalo, New York area Congressman, there are two reasons.

First, Niagara At Large is proud to also have many American readers, including friends and readers in neighbouring communities right across the border, and we strive to be a source of news and commentary for them too.

Second, and most specifically to this issue, we all live on the same continent together and we share a border where there is a good deal of back and forth flow of people. So what happens to people on one side of the border can impact people on the other.

In this case, where we have a killer virus that has travelled around the world, it matters very much to all of us when we have a federal government in the United States that started out, not so many weeks ago, calling this a “hoax” and we have someone posing as a president who has a long record, going back to his carnival clown days as a serial bankrupt real estate baron hosting a reality TV show, of also being a pathological liar.

Just a week or so ago, he stood before TV cameras and said ‘everyone who wants a test will get one’ to determine if they have or are a carrier of this virus.

Now here is U.S. Congressman Brian Higgins, who represents the Buffalo, New York area, stating in a March 18th letter to a representative of Trump’s team of stooges and incompetents, that people in his Western New York district are “quickly running out of tests.”

Even with the Canada-U.S. land border crossings now closed, as of this March 18th, to everyone but those directly involved in official government business or essential commercial traffic, the ongoing failure of the Trump administration to take this pandemic as seriously as it should endangers all of us who live on this continent.

NIAGARA AT LARGE encourages you to join the conversation by sharing your views on this post in the space following the Bernie Sanders quote below.

A Reminder that we only post comments by individuals who also share their first and last names.

For More News And Commentary From Niagara At Large – An independent, alternative voice for our greater bi-national Niagara Region – become a regular visitor and subscriber to NAL at http://www.niagaraatlarge.com .

“A Politician Thinks Of The Next Election. A Leader Thinks Of The Next Generation.” – Bernie Sanders

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.