Updated: March 04, 2020 02:52 PM
Created: February 26, 2020 08:40 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - New Mexico's congressional delegation released the following statements after President Trump held a news conference to address the novel coronavirus. During the conference, President Trump announced that Vice President Mike Pence would lead a U.S. coronavirus response team.
Sen. Tom Udall
“The United States needs a full and detailed plan – with the necessary resources behind it – to confront this global health crisis before states like New Mexico are impacted. I’m concerned that President Trump and his administration have not taken the threat of coronavirus seriously up to this point, and I’m especially concerned that the administration has continually proposed major cuts to public health and the Centers of Disease Control budget. In the absence of real leadership from the White House, Congress should act swiftly to provide the desperately needed resources to prepare for this imminent threat. My office is working with the state of New Mexico to determine what resources are necessary to protect all of our state’s communities. I appreciate the hard work of officials at the New Mexico Department of Health and the CDC who are working hard to address this issue, and I encourage New Mexicans to rely on these agencies for accurate, reliable and up to date information.
“Importantly, the president must be reminded that it is highly irresponsible to peddle any misinformation for political purposes like protecting his re-election fortunes. The White House needs to put in place the resources and personnel needed to make sure that the U.S. is adequately prepared to combat spread of the virus.”
Sen. Martin Heinrich
“The Trump administration needs an all-hands-on-deck, science-based response to the coronavirus that matches the seriousness of this outbreak. We have failed to see that so far. I remain focused on ensuring New Mexico has the resources it needs to keep families informed and healthy.”
Rep. Xochitl Torres Small
"Our first priority must be the health and safety of the American people. It is critical that we respond to the coronavirus with a sense of collective urgency. We must utilize the full resources of the federal government in coordination with state and local partners to prepare an appropriate response and protect New Mexicans. While public health officials are at work to address reported cases, we must continue to keep the public informed with accurate information, updates, and resources."
Rep. Deb Haaland
“The Trump Administration irresponsibly cut funding for emergency planning and the Centers for Disease Control, but tonight he tried to cover that up. We’re lucky that our country has a broad infrastructure and skilled health professionals to help combat Coronavirus. Democrats in Congress have already called for the Department of Health and Human Services to make an emergency funding request, and my team and I are engaged and ready to help health agencies on the ground so that New Mexico is prepared for what comes next.”
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