Davis, Bipartisan Group Call for Use of Defense Production Act to Ensure Adequate Health Supplies
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) was one seven Republicans and seven Democrats to introduce a resolution calling for the use of the Defense Production Act to ensure there are enough health care supplies going to providers to test and treat COVID-19.
"As I continue to talk to health care providers throughout my district, they're worried about having the medical supplies necessary to treat COVID-19," said Davis. "These are unprecedented times and we need all hands on deck. Utilizing the Defense Production Act would provide more direction and incentives for businesses to prioritize the equipment our health care providers are asking for. The sooner we contain this virus, the sooner Americans and businesses can return to normal life."
The Defense Production Act of 1950 does not nationalize industries, but instead, provides the president with authorities to support domestic preparedness, response, and recovery from natural hazards, terrorist attacks, and other national emergencies. Some relevant authorities include:
The resolution was introduced by Reps. Rodney Davis (IL-13), Andy Levin (MI-09), Abigail Spanberger (VA-07), Katie Porter (CA-45), Dan Kildee (MI-05), Diana DeGette (CO-01), Ted Lieu (CA-33), Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11), Steve Chabot (OH-01), Anthony Gonzalez (OH-16), Don Bacon (NE-02), Fred Upton (MI-06), Van Taylor (TX-03) and Bill Huizenga (MI-02).