By adamg on Tue, 03/31/2020 - 9:25pm
The Globe reports Warren has asked FEMA to explain itself. On Twitter, she adds:
Trump told states they were on their own to purchase medical equipment, so that's what MA tried to do. But then the federal government outbid MA at least 3 times - and reports show two of our orders were seized by federal authorities. This is unacceptable.
MA requested supplies from the Strategic National Stockpile nearly a month ago. Only a fraction ever came. Without Trump’s full & consistent use of the DPA, state officials are still scrambling to find essential equipment but the federal govt has created a logistical black hole.
Health care providers & public health leaders in MA & across the country are doing everything they can to fight this crisis, but the Trump administration continues to fail them. I want FEMA to explain how the federal govt will make sure states like MA receive their supplies.
Yesterday, Gov. Baker - whom the president snickered at over the issue of the feds grabbing Massachusetts orders - said the federal government is shipping 1,000 ventilators to Massachusetts, although he added he won't really believe the state will get them until they show up at a state warehouse.