04.16.20

ROUNDUP: Senator Murray Releases White Paper Outlining Democrats’ Proposal to Ramp Up COVID-19 Testing

 

Seattle Times: Patty Murray and other Senate Democrats push White House for broad coronavirus testing

 

The Stranger: How Can America Fix Its Deadly Coronavirus Testing Shortfall? Patty Murray Has a Plan for That.

 

Axios: “Senate Democratic leadership announced Wednesday a plan, authored by Sen. Patty Murray, that calls for $30 billion in emergency funds to bolster national coronavirus testing and contact tracing.”

 

LA Times: “The Democrats' goal would be to develop a plan to ensure testing is "fast, free and everywhere," said Sen. Patty Murray”

 

Washington Post: “Schumer and Democratic Sens. Patty Murray, Debbie Stabenow and Dick Durbin argued … that the Trump administration needs to expand testing to give Americans the confidence to go back to work and resume their normal lives.”

 

(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray released a new policy white paper, “A Roadmap to Reopening by Ensuring a Speedy and Ubiquitous Lab Testing System (RESULTS),” that outlines Democrats’ proposals to address the Trump Administration’s failure to rapidly expand testing capacity for COVID-19.

 

Along with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Chairwoman of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Senator Murray proposed a plan that includes:

  1. Requiring a strategic plan to leverage a “whole of society” response;
  2. Emergency funding to enable rapid scaling of testing and the full range of activities that support testing and maximize its impact;
  3. Pipeline to develop, validate, and allocate accurate, reliable tests to ensure adequate supply;
  4. Structures to administer tests in every community across the country;
  5. Robust public health infrastructure to respond to results and better contain COVID-19; and
  6. Transparency and accountability across the testing system.

 

Read the full white paper, Roadmap to RESULTS, HERE.

 

See below for a full round up of coverage:

 

Seattle Times: Patty Murray and other Senate Democrats push White House for broad coronavirus testing

 

Democrats in the United States Senate, led in part by Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, have drawn up a road map for how to implement broad COVID-19 testing across the nation. Without widespread testing, it’s impossible to fully comprehend how widely the virus has spread. But tests have been hard to come by for many Americans as the materials needed for it have been in short supply, and in some areas, only people meeting certain criteria can get tested.” 4/15/20

 

Washington Post: Senate Democrats release report detailing how U.S. ‘lags the world’ in coronavirus testing

 

A group of top Senate Democrats on Wednesday released a report showing how the United States “lags the world” in testing and leads the world in the number of coronavirus cases. Schumer and Democratic Sens. Patty Murray (Wash.), Debbie Stabenow (Mich.) and Richard J. Durbin (Ill.) argued on the call that the Trump administration needs to expand testing to give Americans the confidence to go back to work and resume their normal lives.

 

“‘All of those things depend on people’s confidence and the ability to go back to work, and that is why testing is so key,’ Murray said. ‘If you don’t know, you’re going to stay home. You’re not going to go to small businesses.’” 4/15/20

 

The Stranger: How Can America Fix Its Deadly Coronavirus Testing Shortfall? Patty Murray Has a Plan for That.

 

“The failure of the United States federal government to conduct massive coronavirus testing has left this country flying blind as the numbers of deaths.”

 

“Earlier testing could have prevented loss of life and helped track community spread of the illness at a time when it might have been possible to contain it. More testing right now could ground the growing debates over social distancing in a fact-based, data-driven reality, rather than leaving them to play out amid a fog of emotion and political ideology. But, says Washington Senator Patty Murray in a new white paper on testing, ‘the Trump administration has repeatedly failed to recognize the need for extensive testing to fight COVID-19.’ ” 4/15/20

 

LA Times: Democrats demand coronavirus testing plan

 

Senate Democrats on Wednesday released a national coronavirus testing strategy, arguing that they're filling a void left by the Trump administration, which hasn't released a plan to scale up COVID-19 testing to allow Americans to return to work and school.”

 

“Reopening society will require an ‘organized, coordinated and focused plan,’ said Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.). ‘Not exactly the Trump administration's strong suits.’ The Democrats' goal would be to develop a plan to ensure testing is ‘fast, free and everywhere,’ said Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.).” 4/15/20

 

Chicago Tribune: Senate Democrats push Trump for $30 billion to fund a comprehensive national coronavirus testing plan

 

Senate Democrats want $30 billion in the latest federal coronavirus response plan as part of a package that would require the Trump administration to develop a comprehensive COVID-19 testing and tracking program, which the senators said is key to reopening the economy. ‘Public health experts have made it clear we need to do hundreds of millions of tests if we want to reduce social distancing and safely get people back to work, back to school and back to some semblance of normal,’ said Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. ‘For that to happen, we need testing to be fast, free and everywhere.’ ” 4/15/20

 

The Hill: Senate Democrats unveil plan to ramp up coronavirus testing that includes $30 billion in emergency funding

 

Senate Democratic leadership rolled out a proposal on Wednesday to ramp up nationwide coronavirus testing, which public health officials have said will be key to lifting social distancing measures. The plan — unveiled by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and other members of leadership — would provide $30 billion in emergency funding to increase testing and build out a structure for administering tests across the country.”

 

“‘What I've heard constantly from people in my state is ... where are the tests? It's been a constant refrain from the beginning until today,’ said Murray, who spearheaded the nine-page paper detailing the Democratic proposal.” 4/15/20

 

Axios: Senate Democrats seek $30 billion in emergency funding for national coronavirus testing

 

Senate Democratic leadership announced Wednesday a plan, authored by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), that calls for $30 billion in emergency funds to bolster national coronavirus testing and contact tracing.”

 

“Why it matters: The federal government has had no clear strategy in place to resolve or prevent the shortages of testing supplies that have threatened the U.S. response. While testing capacity currently sits at about 100,000 per day, Murray said during a call with reporters that hundreds of millions more tests are needed.” 4/15/20

 

International Business Times: Democrats Propose $30B Nationwide Coronavirus Testing And Tracking Program

 

On Tuesday afternoon, Senators Dick Durbin, D-IL, Chuck Schumer, D-NY, Patty Murray, D-WA, and Debbie Stabenow, D-MI held a press call with a public health expert to discuss the Trump Administration’s failure to rapidly ramp up testing capacity for COVID-19 and the steps Democrats are pushing for to address it. The Democrats unveiled a new $30 billion plan to develop a nationwide testing and tracking program, and Sen. Durbin stated on the call that ‘we cannot end sheltering in place until we have testing in every place.’” 4/15/20

 

My Northwest: WA Sen. Patty Murray calls for $30 billion to expand coronavirus testing

 

Alongside a handful of Senate Democrats, Washington Sen. Patty Murray laid out a plan Wednesday to expand the country’s coronavirus testing capacity at the federal level. That includes a call for $30 billion in emergency funding to ‘enable faster scaling of testing, and development of different types of tests,’ with a focus on ‘rapid response tests.’” 4/15/20

 

Market Watch: Senate Democrats unveil measure to ensure coronavirus testing is 'fast, free and everywhere'

 

Senate Democratic leaders said Wednesday unveiled a $30 billion plan to fund an aggressive U.S. coronavirus testing regime they said needs to be in place before the shelter-in-place restrictions that stem from the pandemic can be lifted.”

 

“To get people back to work, Sen. Patty Murray (D, Wash.) said, ‘we need testing to be fast, free and everywhere.’ The plan unveiled by Schumer and other party leaders in the Senate calls for more testing faster with a quicker turnaround for test results and analysis. In addition to difficulty getting people tested, some governors have complained of long lag times in getting results, because of bottlenecks in supplies needed to do sample testing.” 4/15/20

 

Roll Call: Democrats want $30B to fix Trump’s ‘failed’ COVID-19 testing before reopening the country

 

Senate Democrats who say the Trump administration “repeatedly failed to recognize the need” for extensive coronavirus testing to fight the pandemic proposed a $30 billion plan Wednesday, arguing the country cannot open without more screening.”

 

“‘Public health experts have made clear we will need to do hundreds of millions of tests if we want to reduce social distancing and safely get people back to work, back to school, and back to some semblance of normal,’ said Washington’s Patty Murray, the No. 3 in Senate Democratic leadership. ‘For that to happen, we need testing to be fast, free, and everywhere.’ … By putting out their plan, Democrats say they hope to get the Trump administration back on track, because widespread testing ‘requires centralized leadership that only the Executive Branch can provide,’ according to a white paper from Murray’s office.” 4/15/20

 

Daily Kos: Democrats unveil $30 billion plan to streamline COVID-19 testing and reopen the economy

 

The reality that Donald Trump refuses to face (well, one of them anyway) is that the economy can't be reopened until there's universal testing to find out how prevalent the novel coronavirus infection still is in the population. Senate Democrats, on the other hand, get it. They're unveiling a proposal to provide $30 billion in emergency funding for universal testing.”

 

"‘What I've heard constantly from people in my state is […] where are the tests? It's been a constant refrain from the beginning until today,’ said Washington's Democratic Sen. Patty Murray. She and Democratic leader Sen. Chuck Schumer rolled out the proposal Wednesday.” 4/15/20

 

Seattle Post Intelligencer: Senators' plan to reopen economy -- testing 'fast, free and everywhere'

 

“Murray reportedly delivered the call for testing repeatedly during February, a month when the Trump administration spurned test kits -- 1.4 million of them --- offered by the World Health Organization. The administration opted to produce its own test, only for the Center for Disease Control to botch the development and rollout.” 4/15/20

 

The Columbian: Murray joins effort to ramp up virus testing

 

“Sen. Patty Murray joined a group of senior Senate Democrats in introducing a road map Wednesday that would increase testing capacity for COVID-19 nationwide, a document that also highlighted what Murray called the White House’s ‘continued lack of urgency and leadership.’” 04/15/20

 

Politico Pro: Senate Dems seek $30 billion to expand virus testing

 

Top Senate Democrats today laid out a plan to spend $30 billion on dramatically boosting coronavirus testing, saying the Trump administration's efforts so far won't ensure Americans can safety return to work.”

 

“‘We need a federally coordinated whole-of-society response, not one that leaves each state to fend for itself or fight its neighbors for supply and capacity,’ Senate HELP Committee ranking member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) said.” 4/15/20

 

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