Pelosi to Trump: Use Defense Production Act
NANCY PELOSI: So what we need very strongly is for the president to implement the Defense Production Act immediately to address the need for the testing equipment and-- and equipment to make judgments about positive or negative. It also needs to be implemented, the Defense Production Act-- we'll call it the DPA from now on-- for PPE. So essential. So if you want to open our economy, and now if we want to open up our schools, we have to have the testings. We have to have the judgment.
Now for their need-- therefore need the equipment. And we also need the PPE, the personal protective equipment. And we need to know the extent of the pandemic in order for us to take this-- the caliber of action necessary, and we need to know how communities of color are disproportionately affected by this. If we're going to have the proper testing, tracing, treating, we can do that.
But you have to have the equipment. Why don't we have enough equipment to test appropriately and to be able to make judgments on those tests as to whether positive and negative rather than waiting seven days to find out one way or another, when the result is practically obsolete one way or another because it is so late. 24, 48 hours, that should be the extent of it.