February 12, 2020
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, on Wednesday pressed Chairman Ron Johnson for a public hearing about the coronavirus with current public health officials. Harris pointed out that Trump administration officials were unwilling to attend today’s hearing about protecting the United States from global pandemics.
Senator Harris: Thank you Mr. Chairman. I want to thank the panel for being here. Your experience in past public health emergencies and crises is exceptional and I think important to understanding how we should respond to the Coronavirus. However, the American people also, Mr. Chairman, need to hear from the officials who are currently responsible for addressing this and we need a public hearing with current government officials as soon possible. It is critical to my state of California. I have spoken with some of the current officials and I asked them why they are not here today. They did not have a good response for why they are not. In fact, they went on to say – well we have to take time to prepare talking points. The American people deserve them to be here this morning.
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