Congressman Mike Rogers, R-Alabama, on Thursday delivered an opening statement highly critical of the Chinese federal government at a Homeland Security Committee hearing in Washington entitled “Taking a look at the National Action to the Worsening Coronavirus Pandemic.”
“I value you granting my demand to allow Members to use the hearing room today,” Rogers said. “We should be performing our important oversight and legal company here in Washington. We are far more efficient when Members are here, personally, doing our interact. We have actually currently shown we can do it securely. I hope we will return to regular order as quickly as possible.”
“As you know, I strongly disagree with the Speaker’s unilateral decision to shut down the House of Representatives,” Rogers discussed. “We must be conducting our crucial oversight and legislative organisation here in Washington. We are much more efficient when Members are here, in person, doing our collaborate. We’ve currently shown we can do it securely. I hope we will go back to regular order as quickly as possible.”
“As I said before, our hearts go out to those who have lost their liked ones to COVID-19 and those who are presently undergoing treatment,” Rogers continued. “COVID-19 is an extraordinary worldwide pandemic that requires an unprecedented action.”
Rogers was extremely critical of the Chinese government and their role in the global pandemic.
“Sadly, we lost precious time early in the action when China hid the disease from the world,” Rogers stated. “For weeks the Chinese Communist Celebration refused entry to outdoors medical experts. The Chinese reduced journalists from reporting. Most awful of all, China intentionally kept evidence of the virus’ structure and fatal spread. During this, the Chinese hoarded life-saving medical materials and encouraged foreign travel, seeding the virus across the globe. I want to commend Ranking Member McCaul’s work on the Foreign Affairs Committee to thoroughly document this fatal cover-up in a current report.”
“It’s clear that China has actually taken out all the stops to control everybody from media outlets to the World Health Company,” Rogers continued. “The WHO maintained for months that China had quickly self-reported COVID-19. They did not. And after months of lying the WHO has come tidy. The WHO now says it learnt about COVID from media reports and whistleblowers from China. The Chinese Communist Party once again has actually been caught with blood on its hands.”
Civil Service Statement”Dealing with a remarkable public health crisis and China’s fatal coverup, the Trump Administration has actually responded with a whole of federal government reaction,” Rogers specified. “To date, the Administration has– Restricted the entry of travelers from worldwide hot spots; Conjured up the Defense Production Act to increase materials of critically needed medical equipment, such as ventilators; Collaborated the delivery of over 167 million respirators, 682 million surgical masks, and 17 billion gloves; Sent over $125 billion to the states to support the medical action to COVID-19; Dispersed over $500 billion in PPP loans to small company; and Helped help with the testing of over 36 million tests. In truth, we are now capable of conducting over 700,000 tests per day. That’s the bright side. The problem is that the variety of positive tests are rising in lots of locations. That’s why it’s so essential for all Americans to continue to follow the recommendations of our federal, state, and regional public health authorities.”
“I am pleased to see a number of public health and emergency situation reaction authorities on the panel today,” Rogers stated. “Colonel Hastings presently serves as the Director of Alabama’s Emergency situation Management Agency. He had a really prominent thirty years profession in the Air Force. For the last 3 years, he has done a significant task leading EMA’s response to several natural catastrophes and now the COVID-19 pandemic. Colonel, thank you for joining us today. I appreciate all the witnesses for appearing. I anticipate hearing how you all are using the emergency funding and resources supplied by Congress and the Administration to respond to this crisis.”
“I am also interested in knowing what more Congress can do to help you successfully react,” Rogers said. “Our country has dealt with break outs of severe illness in the past. In each case, we’ve marshalled our collective resources and resourcefulness to get rid of the crisis. I’m positive that will hold true with COVID-19.