Blackburn breaks down congressional efforts to combat coronavirus


MONEY, WE’LL TAKE THE MONEY,
WE’LL JUST DO A GOOD JOB WITH WE’LL JUST DO A GOOD JOB WITH
IT. IT.
MARIA: JOINING ME RIGHT NOW IS MARIA: JOINING ME RIGHT NOW IS
TENNESSEE SENATOR, MARSHA TENNESSEE SENATOR, MARSHA
BLACKBURN. BLACKBURN.
THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.
>> THANK YOU.>> THANK YOU.
MARIA: HOW MUCH MONEY DO YOU MARIA: HOW MUCH MONEY DO YOU
THINK IS REQUIRED FOR THINK IS REQUIRED FOR
PREPAREDNESS. PREPAREDNESS.
>> WE DON’T KNOW EXACTLY WHAT>> WE DON’T KNOW EXACTLY WHAT
IS GOING TO BE NEEDED BECAUSE WE IS GOING TO BE NEEDED BECAUSE WE
DON’T KNOW EXACTLY WHAT IS GOING DON’T KNOW EXACTLY WHAT IS GOING
TO BE IN FRONT OF US. TO BE IN FRONT OF US.
WE SHOULD BE VERY GRATEFUL THAT WE SHOULD BE VERY GRATEFUL THAT
THE PRESIDENT MOVED THE PRESIDENT MOVED
AGGRESSIVELY, MOVED QUICKLY, AGGRESSIVELY, MOVED QUICKLY,
IMPOSED THE TRAVEL RESTRICTION IMPOSED THE TRAVEL RESTRICTION
AND THAT IS ONE OF THE REASONS AND THAT IS ONE OF THE REASONS
THAT WE ARE SEEING THE TYPE OF THAT WE ARE SEEING THE TYPE OF
CONTAINMENT THAT WE HAVE. CONTAINMENT THAT WE HAVE.
WE HAVE ABOUT 60 PEOPLE THAT ARE WE HAVE ABOUT 60 PEOPLE THAT ARE
IN QUARANTINE AND THAT INCLUDES IN QUARANTINE AND THAT INCLUDES
THE 15 THAT HAVE RECEIVED A THE 15 THAT HAVE RECEIVED A
POSITIVE DIAGNOSIS. POSITIVE DIAGNOSIS.
AND I THINK THAT BEING ON THE AND I THINK THAT BEING ON THE
FRONT END OF THIS AND EXERCISING FRONT END OF THIS AND EXERCISING
THESE PRECAUTIONS IMMEDIATELY THESE PRECAUTIONS IMMEDIATELY
SHOWS THE DIFFERENCE IN THE WAY SHOWS THE DIFFERENCE IN THE WAY
IT HAS BEEN HANDLED HERE AND THE IT HAS BEEN HANDLED HERE AND THE
WAY IT’S BEEN HANDLED IN OTHER WAY IT’S BEEN HANDLED IN OTHER
COUNTRIES. COUNTRIES.
MARIA: IT’S REALLY SAD TO SEE MARIA: IT’S REALLY SAD TO SEE
ALL OF THE POLITICS NOW COMING ALL OF THE POLITICS NOW COMING
OUT IN THE FACE OF ALL OF THIS. OUT IN THE FACE OF ALL OF THIS.
>> VERY MUCH SO.>> VERY MUCH SO.
MARIA: THE PRESIDENT DID RIGHT MARIA: THE PRESIDENT DID RIGHT
OFF THE BAT SAY NO TRAVEL TO AND OFF THE BAT SAY NO TRAVEL TO AND
FROM CHINA ANSWERED STOPPED ALL FROM CHINA ANSWERED STOPPED ALL
TRAVEL GOING TO CHINA WHEN THIS TRAVEL GOING TO CHINA WHEN THIS
FIRST BROKE AND A LOT OF PEOPLE FIRST BROKE AND A LOT OF PEOPLE
CRITICIZED HIM FOR THAT. CRITICIZED HIM FOR THAT.
IN RETROSPECT THAT WAS THE RIGHT IN RETROSPECT THAT WAS THE RIGHT
MOVE. MOVE.
CERTAINLY CHINA CRITICIZED THE CERTAINLY CHINA CRITICIZED THE
U.S. FOR STOPPING ALL TRAVEL U.S. FOR STOPPING ALL TRAVEL
EVEN AS THEY HAD PEOPLE LOCKED EVEN AS THEY HAD PEOPLE LOCKED
DOWN IN THEIR HOMES, SENATOR. DOWN IN THEIR HOMES, SENATOR.
>> WELL, YOU’RE EXACTLY RIGHT.>> WELL, YOU’RE EXACTLY RIGHT.
BUT THIS IS ONE OF THOSE AREAS BUT THIS IS ONE OF THOSE AREAS
WHERE HE MADE A DECISION, HE WHERE HE MADE A DECISION, HE
DIDN’T HAVE TO COMMITTEE IT TO DIDN’T HAVE TO COMMITTEE IT TO
DEATH, HE SAID THIS IS THE DEATH, HE SAID THIS IS THE
PROBLEM, LET’S LOCK DOWN THIS PROBLEM, LET’S LOCK DOWN THIS
TRAVEL, IMPOSE THESE TRAVEL, IMPOSE THESE
RESTRICTIONS AND THEN ASSESS THE RESTRICTIONS AND THEN ASSESS THE
SITUATION. SITUATION.
AND WITH THE CASE IN CALIFORNIA, AND WITH THE CASE IN CALIFORNIA,
THE CDC IS DOING THE RIGHT THE CDC IS DOING THE RIGHT
THING. THING.
THEY’RE INVESTIGATING IT. THEY’RE INVESTIGATING IT.
THERE IS CONCERN OVER THIS BEING THERE IS CONCERN OVER THIS BEING
COMMUNITY SPREAD. COMMUNITY SPREAD.
I THINK WE’RE GOING TO FIND OUT I THINK WE’RE GOING TO FIND OUT
MORE REGARDING THIS PATIENT AND MORE REGARDING THIS PATIENT AND
THIS CASE TODAY AND LET’S ALLOW THIS CASE TODAY AND LET’S ALLOW
THE CDC TO DO THEIR WORK. THE CDC TO DO THEIR WORK.
THE POINT IS, WE HAVE TO BE THE POINT IS, WE HAVE TO BE
FLEXIBLE. FLEXIBLE.
WE HAVE TO BE VIGILANT. WE HAVE TO BE VIGILANT.
IF THE CDC, THE NIH, SAY WE NEED IF THE CDC, THE NIH, SAY WE NEED
THIS OR WE NEED THAT, WE NEED TO THIS OR WE NEED THAT, WE NEED TO
DO IT. DO IT.
YOU HAVE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA YOU HAVE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
THAT IS LEADING A GOOD BIT OF THAT IS LEADING A GOOD BIT OF
THIS INFECTIOUS DISEASE THIS INFECTIOUS DISEASE
RESEARCH. RESEARCH.
YOU HAVE MENTIONED GILLEAD AND YOU HAVE MENTIONED GILLEAD AND
THE WORK THAT THEY ARE DOING. THE WORK THAT THEY ARE DOING.
ALL OF THESE — LOOK HOW QUICKLY ALL OF THESE — LOOK HOW QUICKLY
WE HAVE PIVOTED AND HAVE MADE WE HAVE PIVOTED AND HAVE MADE
THIS PRIORITY ONE. THIS PRIORITY ONE.
AND MARIA, YOU WERE TALKING AND MARIA, YOU WERE TALKING
ABOUT THE PHARMACEUTICAL ABOUT THE PHARMACEUTICAL
INGREDIENTS EARLIER AND A INGREDIENTS EARLIER AND A
DEMOCRAT OUT OF CALIFORNIA WHO DEMOCRAT OUT OF CALIFORNIA WHO
IS IN THE HOUSE, SHE AND I IS IN THE HOUSE, SHE AND I
STARTED ABOUT 10 DAYS AGO STARTED ABOUT 10 DAYS AGO
WORKING ON LEGISLATION TO WORKING ON LEGISLATION TO
ADDRESS THIS ISSUE. ADDRESS THIS ISSUE.
TO BRING THESE INGREDIENTS BACK TO BRING THESE INGREDIENTS BACK
ON-SHORE IN THE U.S. ON-SHORE IN THE U.S.
TO BRING THIS MANUFACTURING TO BRING THIS MANUFACTURING
BACK. BACK.
AND WE’RE READY TO MOVE OUR BILL AND WE’RE READY TO MOVE OUR BILL
FORWARD. FORWARD.
MARIA: WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE MARIA: WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE
RELIANCE THAT AMERICA HAS ON RELIANCE THAT AMERICA HAS ON
CHINA, MOST PEOPLE DON’T CHINA, MOST PEOPLE DON’T
UNDERSTAND HOW SIGNIFICANT THAT UNDERSTAND HOW SIGNIFICANT THAT
RELIANCE IS. RELIANCE IS.
70% OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS AND 70% OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS AND
GENERICS ARE MADE IN CHINA AND GENERICS ARE MADE IN CHINA AND
INDIA. INDIA.
70%. 70%.
I MEAN, THIS IS A SCARY NUMBER, I MEAN, THIS IS A SCARY NUMBER,
NOT TO MENTION OTHER THINGS LIKE NOT TO MENTION OTHER THINGS LIKE
PARTS AND COMPONENTS WHICH I PARTS AND COMPONENTS WHICH I
SAID RIGHT OFF THE BAT WE WERE SAID RIGHT OFF THE BAT WE WERE
GOING TO SEASHORE DAMAGES — SEE GOING TO SEASHORE DAMAGES — SEE
SHORTAGES THERE. SHORTAGES THERE.
WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT THINGS LIKE WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT THINGS LIKE
DRUGS THAT PEOPLE NEED FOR THEIR DRUGS THAT PEOPLE NEED FOR THEIR
HEALTH, YOU RECOGNIZE THE HEALTH, YOU RECOGNIZE THE
RELIANCE THERE. RELIANCE THERE.
HOW SOON CAN THAT HAPPEN IN HOW SOON CAN THAT HAPPEN IN
TERMS OF YOUR BILL AND GETTING TERMS OF YOUR BILL AND GETTING
COMPANIES TO SAY I NEED TO COMPANIES TO SAY I NEED TO
MANUFACTURE HERE? MANUFACTURE HERE?
>>WELL, THERE ARE TWO PARTS IN>>WELL, THERE ARE TWO PARTS IN
OUR BILL. OUR BILL.
ONE WILL BRING-BRINGING THESE ONE WILL BRING-BRINGING THESE
STRATEGIC STOCKPILES BACK ON STRATEGIC STOCKPILES BACK ON
U.S. SHORES AND THE SECOND IS U.S. SHORES AND THE SECOND IS
GOING TO BE TO INCENTIVEIZE THAT GOING TO BE TO INCENTIVEIZE THAT
PRODUCTION SO WE’RE MAKING PRODUCTION SO WE’RE MAKING
PENICILLIN IN THE COUNTRY, WE PENICILLIN IN THE COUNTRY, WE
ARE MAKING VACCINES IN THE ARE MAKING VACCINES IN THE
COUNTRY. COUNTRY.
THINGS THAT WE HAVE NOT DONE. THINGS THAT WE HAVE NOT DONE.
AND THIS IS THE DANGER WHEN YOU AND THIS IS THE DANGER WHEN YOU
HAVE REGULATORY POLICY THAT HAVE REGULATORY POLICY THAT
PUSHES THIS OFFSHORE AND YOU GET PUSHES THIS OFFSHORE AND YOU GET
INTO A PANDEMIC SITUATION OR AN INTO A PANDEMIC SITUATION OR AN
OUTBREAK SITUATION, THIS IS WHAT OUTBREAK SITUATION, THIS IS WHAT
YOU FACE AND THIS IS WHY WE WORK YOU FACE AND THIS IS WHY WE WORK
SO DILIGENTLY TO GET THIS IN SO DILIGENTLY TO GET THIS IN
SHAPE, TO FILE THE BILL AND THEN SHAPE, TO FILE THE BILL AND THEN
MOVE THE BILL FORWARD. MOVE THE BILL FORWARD.
MARIA: YEAH. MARIA: YEAH.
BUT AT THIS POINT NOW WE’RE IN A BUT AT THIS POINT NOW WE’RE IN A
CRISIS SITUATION. CRISIS SITUATION.
WE NEED TO GET OUR HANDS ON WE NEED TO GET OUR HANDS ON
THINGS NOW, GROWING NUMBER OF THINGS NOW, GROWING NUMBER OF
COLLEGES ARE SUSPENDING STUDY COLLEGES ARE SUSPENDING STUDY
ABROAD PROGRAMS. ABROAD PROGRAMS.
THEY’RE CANCELING CLASSES AMID THEY’RE CANCELING CLASSES AMID
THE WIDESPREAD OUTBREAK. THE WIDESPREAD OUTBREAK.
VANDERBILT, THE UNIVERSITY OF VANDERBILT, THE UNIVERSITY OF
TENNESSEE ARE TWO OF YOUR TENNESSEE ARE TWO OF YOUR
STATE’S LARGEST SCHOOLS. STATE’S LARGEST SCHOOLS.
THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
ANNOUNCING IT IS SUSPENDED ALL ANNOUNCING IT IS SUSPENDED ALL
SPRING AND SUMMER ABROAD SPRING AND SUMMER ABROAD
PROGRAMS IN CHINA AND SOUTH PROGRAMS IN CHINA AND SOUTH
KOREA. KOREA.
THERE ARE CURRENTLY NO CONFIRMED THERE ARE CURRENTLY NO CONFIRMED
CASES OF THE CORONAVIRUS IN CASES OF THE CORONAVIRUS IN
TENNESSEE BUT WITH SPRING BREAK TENNESSEE BUT WITH SPRING BREAK
JAWS AROUND THE CORNER, HOW ARE JAWS AROUND THE CORNER, HOW ARE
THESE UNIVERSITIES TAKING THESE UNIVERSITIES TAKING
PRECAUTIONS WHEN WE KNOW WE PRECAUTIONS WHEN WE KNOW WE
DON’T HAVE ENOUGH TEST KITS. DON’T HAVE ENOUGH TEST KITS.
THAT’S ONE OF THE THINGS WE THAT’S ONE OF THE THINGS WE
NEED, THE TEST KITS ARE IN SHORT NEED, THE TEST KITS ARE IN SHORT
SUPPLY AS ARE PLASTIC GLOVES, SUPPLY AS ARE PLASTIC GLOVES,
MASKS, AGAIN, ALL MADE IN CHINA. MASKS, AGAIN, ALL MADE IN CHINA.
>>YOU’RE EXACTLY RIGHT.>>YOU’RE EXACTLY RIGHT.
AND THIS IS WHY I THINK IT WAS AND THIS IS WHY I THINK IT WAS
WISE FOR THE PRESIDENT AND THE WISE FOR THE PRESIDENT AND THE
VICE PRESIDENT TO SAY WE ARE VICE PRESIDENT TO SAY WE ARE
SHIFTING OUR FOCUS, WE ARE SHIFTING OUR FOCUS, WE ARE
SHIFTING RESOURCES TO MAKE SHIFTING RESOURCES TO MAKE
CERTAIN THAT WE ARE PREPARED. CERTAIN THAT WE ARE PREPARED.
WE ARE WORKING WITH ALL OF THESE WE ARE WORKING WITH ALL OF THESE
STATE HEALTH AGENCIES TO MAKE STATE HEALTH AGENCIES TO MAKE
CERTAIN THAT THEY HAVE A PLAN IN CERTAIN THAT THEY HAVE A PLAN IN
PLACE AND THEY’RE NOT WAITING PLACE AND THEY’RE NOT WAITING
FOR SOMETHING TO HAPPEN. FOR SOMETHING TO HAPPEN.
THEY ARE SAYING GET READY IN THEY ARE SAYING GET READY IN
CASE IT DOES. CASE IT DOES.
LET’S BE JUDICIOUS IN THE LET’S BE JUDICIOUS IN THE
PROCESS THAT WE’RE GOING TO MOVE PROCESS THAT WE’RE GOING TO MOVE
FORWARD. FORWARD.
AND THERE AGAIN, WHETHER IT BE AND THERE AGAIN, WHETHER IT BE
FROM THE FUNDING END, THE FROM THE FUNDING END, THE
APPROPRIATIONS END, LOOKING AT APPROPRIATIONS END, LOOKING AT
LEGISLATIVE POLICY, LOOKING AT LEGISLATIVE POLICY, LOOKING AT
LAWS THAT ARE ON THE BOOKS AND LAWS THAT ARE ON THE BOOKS AND
SAYING WHAT HAS TO BE MODIFIED SAYING WHAT HAS TO BE MODIFIED
SO THAT WE ARE MOVE AGILE IN OUR SO THAT WE ARE MOVE AGILE IN OUR
RESPONSE, WHAT DO WE NEED TO DO RESPONSE, WHAT DO WE NEED TO DO
TO BE SURE WE DON’T GET IN THIS TO BE SURE WE DON’T GET IN THIS
PICKLE AGAIN WHERE YOU HAVE MOST PICKLE AGAIN WHERE YOU HAVE MOST
OF OUR PHARMACEUTICALS BEING OF OUR PHARMACEUTICALS BEING
MANUFACTURED IN CHINA, IN INDIA, MANUFACTURED IN CHINA, IN INDIA,
AND WE DO NOT HAVE THE CAPACITY AND WE DO NOT HAVE THE CAPACITY
FOR THE RAPID RESPONSE THAT WE FOR THE RAPID RESPONSE THAT WE
NEED. NEED.
MARIA: I WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU MARIA: I WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU
SOMETHING THAT ONE OF YOUR SOMETHING THAT ONE OF YOUR
COLLEAGUES SAID, SENATOR MARCO COLLEAGUES SAID, SENATOR MARCO
RUBIO. RUBIO.
MARCO RUBIO SAYS WE’VE NEVER MARCO RUBIO SAYS WE’VE NEVER
FACED THAT SORT OF VULNERABILITY FACED THAT SORT OF VULNERABILITY
IN THE BACKBONE OF OUR COUNTRY. IN THE BACKBONE OF OUR COUNTRY.
CHINA’S POTENTIAL TO CARRY OUT A CHINA’S POTENTIAL TO CARRY OUT A
CRIPPLING APACK AGAINST U.S. CRIPPLING APACK AGAINST U.S.
SATELLITES HAS ATTRACTED SATELLITES HAS ATTRACTED
ATTENTION FOR YEARS. ATTENTION FOR YEARS.
MARCO RUBIO SAYS IMAGINE IF ON MARCO RUBIO SAYS IMAGINE IF ON
THE EVE OR VERGE ON A CONFLICT THE EVE OR VERGE ON A CONFLICT
WE’RE AWARE OF CHINA’S ABILITY WE’RE AWARE OF CHINA’S ABILITY
TO OR THEY DEMONSTRATE THEIR TO OR THEY DEMONSTRATE THEIR
ABILITY TO DENY A SIGNIFICANT ABILITY TO DENY A SIGNIFICANT
AMOUNT OF NUMBER OF AMERICANS TO AMOUNT OF NUMBER OF AMERICANS TO
ACCESS THEIR BANKING ACCESS THEIR BANKING
INFORMATION, THEIR INFORMATION, THEIR
TELECOMMUNICATIONS, THEIR TELECOMMUNICATIONS, THEIR
INTERNET CONNECTIVITY, THE MASS INTERNET CONNECTIVITY, THE MASS
TRANSIT SYSTEM OR COMBINATION OF TRANSIT SYSTEM OR COMBINATION OF
ALL OF THAT, UTILITY NETWORK, ALL OF THAT, UTILITY NETWORK,
HE’S TALKING ABOUT HUAWEI HE’S TALKING ABOUT HUAWEI
NETWORKS AND THE FACT THAT CHINA NETWORKS AND THE FACT THAT CHINA
CAN TURN IT ON AND TURN IT OFF CAN TURN IT ON AND TURN IT OFF
IF HUAWEI INFRASTRUCTURE IS IN IF HUAWEI INFRASTRUCTURE IS IN
THE UNITED STATES AND CAUSE THE UNITED STATES AND CAUSE
SERIOUS CHAOS FOR THIS COUNTRY. SERIOUS CHAOS FOR THIS COUNTRY.
>> WELL, HE’S EXACTLY RIGHT.>> WELL, HE’S EXACTLY RIGHT.
THIS IS WHY I’M DOING SO MUCH THIS IS WHY I’M DOING SO MUCH
WORK AND CHAIRING AND LEADING WORK AND CHAIRING AND LEADING
THIS TECH TASK FORCE AND THIS TECH TASK FORCE AND
JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. JUDICIARY COMMITTEE.
WE DO NOT NEED HUAWEI SYSTEMS IN WE DO NOT NEED HUAWEI SYSTEMS IN
THE U.S. THE U.S.
WE DO NOT NEED THEM WITH OUR WE DO NOT NEED THEM WITH OUR
ALLIES. ALLIES.
THIS IS WHY I’M — THIS IS WHY I’M —
MARIA: I WANTED TO SEE IF YOU MARIA: I WANTED TO SEE IF YOU
AGREE WITH THAT. AGREE WITH THAT.
>> YES, YES.>> YES, YES.
MARIA: I’VE GOT TO ASK ABOUT MARIA: I’VE GOT TO ASK ABOUT
THE SANCTUARY CITY SHOWDOWN. THE SANCTUARY CITY SHOWDOWN.
A FEDERAL APPEALS COURT RULED A FEDERAL APPEALS COURT RULED
THE ADD MISSEEN STRAYINGS CAN THE ADD MISSEEN STRAYINGS CAN
WITHHOLD FUNDS FROM SEVEN STATES WITHHOLD FUNDS FROM SEVEN STATES
AND NEW YORK CITY FOR NOT AND NEW YORK CITY FOR NOT
COOPERATING WITH U.S. COOPERATING WITH U.S.
IMMIGRATION AUTHORITIES. IMMIGRATION AUTHORITIES.
YOUR REACTION? YOUR REACTION?
>>I AGREE WITH THE SECOND>>I AGREE WITH THE SECOND
CIRCUIT’S DECISION ON THIS. CIRCUIT’S DECISION ON THIS.
COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO I FILED THE COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO I FILED THE
STOP GREEN LIGHTING DRIVER’S STOP GREEN LIGHTING DRIVER’S
LICENSES FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS LICENSES FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS
LEGISLATION AND WE — THAT WOULD LEGISLATION AND WE — THAT WOULD
BAR THESE DOJ FUNDS FROM GOING BAR THESE DOJ FUNDS FROM GOING
TO THESE SANCTUARY CITIES. TO THESE SANCTUARY CITIES.
IF YOU’RE NOT GOING TO COMPLY IF YOU’RE NOT GOING TO COMPLY
WITH FEDERAL LAW AND WORK WITH WITH FEDERAL LAW AND WORK WITH
FEDERAL OFFICIALS TO ENFORCE FEDERAL OFFICIALS TO ENFORCE
U.S. LAW, THEN YOU OUGHT NOT TO U.S. LAW, THEN YOU OUGHT NOT TO
GET THESE FEDERAL FUNDS. GET THESE FEDERAL FUNDS.
MARIA: I COULD SEE THAT. MARIA: I COULD SEE THAT.
SENATOR, GOOD TO TALK WITH YOU SENATOR, GOOD TO TALK WITH YOU
THIS MORNING. THIS MORNING.
>> GOOD TALKING TO YOU.

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