Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) are teaming up to make it easier for Americans to obtain personal protective equipment (PPE) that is critical in the fight against COVID-19.
The pair is introducing two bipartisan bills that aim to address persistent nationwide shortages by temporarily cutting taxes on imported PPE, requiring interagency coordination around domestic PPE supply, and directing the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) to regularly update its current list of medical products needed to fight COVID-19.
"There are still shortages of PPE across the country and our national stockpile needs to be replenished," said Senator Toomey. "Our legislation eliminates roadblocks in the global supply chain that are making it harder and more expensive to obtain PPE and testing kits vital for keeping Americans safe. I thank Senator Hassan for working with me on these bills and I hope other senators will join this worthwhile effort."
"We're more than six months into this pandemic, and I continue to hear from New Hampshire business owners, school leaders, health care providers, and others who are concerned about access to personal protective equipment that they need to stay safe and protect people's lives as this pandemic continues," Senator Hassan said. "These bipartisan bills will take commonsense steps to eliminate some of the barriers that have made it more difficult and expensive for the U.S. to obtain critical PPE and medical equipment. I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to join Senator Toomey and me in supporting this legislation."
Stop PPE Taxes Act
Strategic Global Supply Chains Act