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Tipton Urges President to Expedite Production and Distribution of PPE and Ventilators

March 25, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Yesterday, Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) announced he had secured additional funding for Community Health Centers (CHC) in Colorado’s Third Congressional District to expand testing and screening, purchase personal protective equipment like masks, and provide safety education. Tipton, while appreciative of the initial response from HHS, immediately followed up with another letter addressed to President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence calling on the federal government to do everything possible to expedite the production and delivery of personal protective equipment (PPE) to hospitals. In the letter Tipton writes:

“The state of Colorado, and the entire country, need more PPE and medical equipment. Just as concerning is the gap between the number of ventilators available in the United States, versus the numbers we are projected to need at the height of this pandemic. For every ventilator that is needed for critical care that we do not have, a life that may otherwise have been saved will be lost. This has already happened in Italy, however, with action and investment now we may be able to lessen the impact here.”

Tipton continues, “We have already seen Coloradans come together in extraordinary ways. Hundreds of people across my state are sewing masks that can be used for protection by first responders and individuals who are especially vulnerable to the virus. The security of our nation and our people is the foremost responsibility of the federal government, and I stand ready to work with you to make sure we uphold this duty.”

The full letter is available here.

Tipton’s recent efforts to combat the COVID-19 outbreak:

March 24- Tipton secures additional funding for CHCs to combat COVID-19.

March 20- Tipton sends letter to House leadership outlining rural Colorado priorities for the third Coronavirus supplemental funding bill. His letter prioritized the need for additional and long-term funding for CHCs.

March 19- Tipton introduces legislation to improve data sharing between Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Health and Human services to expedite care and information to elderly and homeless populations.

March 19- Tipton hosts district-wide tele town hall with representatives from Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Mesa County Public Health Department, Colorado Department of Military and Veteran Affairs, and the Small Business Administration.

March 17- Tipton and Colorado delegation send letters to FEMA and the Small Business Administration requesting expeditated disaster relief assistance.

March 14- Tipton and 414 other House members support an emergency supplemental funding bill, which was signed into law by President Trump.

March 5- Tipton and Colorado delegation send letter to Dr. Redfield to expedite the allocation of additional funds to be used to combat the COVID-19 outbreak in the state.

March 3-Tipton sends two letters, one addressed to the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Robert Redfield, MD, and the other to Colorado Governor Jared Polis, requesting that the unique needs of rural Coloradans be thoroughly addressed with any response plan to combat COVID-19 .