Luetkemeyer and Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis Hold First Briefing
Washington, May 13, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today in a briefing entitled “Coronavirus Testing, Tracing, and Targeted Containment: Steps to Reopen the Country” in the Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis, Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) delivered the following remarks to the Committee and witnesses.
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“The COVID outbreak and subsequent economic fallout is a national and international crisis that is certainly deserving of a dedicated Congressional response and oversight. As the President said, we’re at war with an invisible enemy, and we all must work together to ensure as many Americans as possible are healthy, safe, and able to provide for their families.
“Unfortunately, instead of acknowledging that a non-partisan human health and economic crisis deserves a non-partisan Congressional response, we find ourselves in a committee proceeding eerily similar to those the House majority forced the country to endure for months in 2019. This briefing was constructed with absolutely no input from the Ranking Member and Minority Whip, Mr. Scalise. Republicans were not allowed to invite a witness, and we were given so little notice that some of us who believe we should be in DC for committee proceedings did not even have enough time to get there.”