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  Posted 17 March 2020 - 03:44 PM

Senate Democrats block bipartisan bill to increase access to respirators




https://www.patriotnewsalerts.com/
by Ben Marquis
March 15, 2020



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For reasons that are not yet clear, Senate Democrats blocked a bipartisan piece of legislation meant to address a shortage of respirators and masks for healthcare workers to use while interacting with patients infected with the coronavirus, Breitbart reported.


Dems block bipartisan bill

At issue was an amendment to the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act that was put forward by Sens. Deb Fischer (R-NE) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) to specifically address the impending shortage of respirators and face masks that are now in high demand for healthcare workers.

According to a press release from Fischer's office, the PREP Act allows for the federal government to extend limited liability protection to the distributors and manufacturers of various pieces of equipment and products that can used as countermeasures to a disease during a public health crisis, like the current coronavirus outbreak.

For some reason, respirators that are certified and governed by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) were not already eligible for the liability protections offered by the PREP Act, an oversight that Fischer and Sinema sought to correct.

"The Senate had an opportunity to act quickly and pass my bipartisan bill to address the shortage of respirators facing our country during this coronavirus outbreak," Fischer said in a statement.

"As a result of the objection from Senate Democrats, the health and safety of our health care providers and first responders is at risk. I will continue to seek a way forward for this critical legislation," she added.







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Posted 17 March 2020 - 03:56 PM

For reasons that are not yet clear, Senate Democrats blocked a bipartisan piece of legislation meant to address a shortage of respirators and masks for healthcare workers to use while interacting with patients infected with the coronavirus,

Unclear to themselves or to the rest of us?
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Posted 17 March 2020 - 04:37 PM

How else can you claim Trump put healthcare professionals at risk if you don't have sick healthcare professionals?
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Posted 17 March 2020 - 05:54 PM

Isn't it obvious, it didn't include funding for abortions. Duh.
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Posted 17 March 2020 - 06:11 PM

View Postpepperonikkid, on 17 March 2020 - 03:44 PM, said:

[color="#333333"][font="Roboto, sans-serif"][size="6"][yada,yada,yada, piles of needless fonts.colors.sizes, etc] For some reason, respirators that are certified and governed by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) were not already eligible for the liability protections offered by the PREP Act, an oversight that Fischer and Sinema sought to correct.


NIOSH-95 is GOOD, it will do in a pinch, but not really "surgical" grade. Still, though, "good enough" for 99%+. A NIOSH mask won't prevent viruses by themselves... But they WILL stop the particulates and/or aerosols that the viruses ride on.

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Posted 17 March 2020 - 08:24 PM

Maybe Dems are afraid this bill will reduce our reliance on China for such things which will end the Demís gravy train. Just a guess.
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Posted 18 March 2020 - 04:23 AM

they just want stipulations that the respirators only go to the right people
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