Mere months after Democrats wasted their time trying to convince the country Trump abused his presidential power, Nance Pelosi is begging Trump to invoke emergency powers. Under the 1950 Defense Production Act, the president has the authorization to direct industries in times of emergency.
What a stunning turn of events, right? First, Trump uses too much of his power. Now, he’s not using enough.
Take a look at what’s being said:
Check out the statement from Pelosi:
Speaker Pelosi today called on President Trump to use the Defense Production Act to address widespread shortages of key materials during the coronavirus epidemic, including ventilators, diagnostic test supplies, masks and other personal protective equipment. Last week, 57 House Democrats wrote a letter to the President asking him to invoke the Defense Production Act. Yesterday evening, President Trump tweeted that he had signed the Defense Production Act but was not yet invoking its powers.
“Right now, shortages of critical medical and personal protective equipment are harming our ability to fight the coronavirus epidemic, endangering frontline workers and making it harder to care for those who fall ill.
“The President must immediately use the powers of the Defense Production Act to mass produce and coordinate distribution of these critical supplies, before the need worsens and the shortages become even more dire. There is not a day to lose. We must put more testing, more protective equipment and more ventilators into the hands of our frontline workers immediately.”
The Western Journal adds:
The Defense Production Act, enacted in 1950, gives the president the ability to directly influence industrial capacity and direction for national defense.
While it was written during the Cold War in anticipation of major conflicts, the act will now be used to meet the COVID-19 outbreak head-on.
Pelosi’s demand comes after worries that the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus could swamp U.S. hospitals and stress medical infrastructure.
A nationwide shortage of medical masks, hand sanitizer and gloves have underscored the supply chain’s weaknesses during the current pandemic.
The speaker stressed the importance of Trump’s immediate action.