NH Congressional Delegation and Governor Urge President to Help Speed Up the Distribution and Production of Critical Medical Supplies

March 20, 2020

(Washington, DC) – New Hampshire’s Congressional Delegation and Governor today urged President Trump to take additional action to swiftly get critical medical supplies such as personal protective equipment, swabs for diagnostic testing, and ventilators to New Hampshire and states across the country.

The letter from Governor Sununu, Senators Shaheen and Hassan, and Representatives Kuster and Pappas thanks President Trump for his announcement today that he will use the Defense Production Act to help expand domestic manufacturing capacity of critical medical supplies and urges further action to quickly get supplies to the front lines.

The Governor and Congressional Delegation wrote, “Given the urgent situation facing health care providers across our state and the country, we urge you to supplement this action by both immediately distributing additional existing materials from the National Strategic Stockpile while domestic production of these supplies ramps up, and also following through on today’s announcement by pushing federal agencies and manufacturers to develop, sign, and execute on contracts to produce supplies as quickly as possible.”

They pointed out that addressing these shortages requires leadership from the administration, writing, “States alone cannot address these shortages, especially when they are competing against each other and the federal government to purchase available resources. We need a coordinated federal response to distribute current inventories, ramp up production, and quickly get needed supplies to states.”

The letter concludes, “We thank you for taking this first step today, and we stand ready to work with you in New Hampshire to address these unprecedented challenges.”

Click here to read the letter in full.