Lawmakers ask for investigation on alleged redirection of COVID-19 funds

Two Democratic customers of the Senate and Property Armed Expert services Committees are formally requesting that the Department of Protection Inspector Normal look into studies that the Pentagon redirected hundreds of hundreds of thousands of dollars meant for COVID-19 reaction to protection contractors for “jet motor elements, physique armor and gown uniforms,” according to the letter. 

United States Senator Elizabeth Warren, (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Armed Expert services Committee and Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), a member of the Property Armed Expert services and Oversight and Reform Committees, despatched the letter dated September twenty five to Sean O’Donnell, Acting Inspector Normal, Department of Protection.

They requested O’Donnell to look into studies that the Pentagon redirected resources from the Protection Generation Act meant for COVID-19 reaction to protection contractors for unrelated elements and equipment, a go that could be unlawful, the lawmakers stated.

Congress allocated $one billion in resources beneath the Coronavirus, Aid, Reduction, and Economic Protection Act for DoD to manufacture individual protective equipment and other materials. 

Not only did DoD reportedly redirect the huge the vast majority of these resources to protection contractors for tasks unrelated to combating the pandemic, some protection corporations efficiently been given a double bailout for the reason that authorities data shows they also been given loans via the Paycheck Safety System, a relief program meant for having difficulties tiny corporations, according to the letter.

WHY THIS MATTERS 

Throughout the pandemic, numerous vendors have dealt with shortages of individual security equipment and unfavorable margins. 

Suppliers have been given $fifty billion and much more in focused relief from the $100 billion appropriation in the CARES Act and $seventy five billion from the Paycheck Safety System. 
Hospitals also been given accelerated and advance resources, which are loans they are necessary to shell out again. Many vendors continue to encounter big earnings shortfalls because of to COVID-19.

States need to have $6 billion to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to Us citizens and hospitals continue to endure a lack of N95 masks, the letter states, indicating the resources that went to the DoD are necessary somewhere else. 

THE Greater Development

The lawmakers base their request, at minimum in component, on newspaper studies displaying that an mind-boggling the vast majority of resources experienced nothing at all to do with production of health-related equipment or addressing the nation’s provide shortages because of to the COVID-10 pandemic. 

Warren and colleagues earlier questioned the DoD on what Warren stated was its sluggish and disjointed reaction to the coronavirus outbreak.

ON THE Report

“Rather of addressing the urgent wants of a pandemic that has killed over 200,000 Us citizens, it seems DoD used taxpayer income meant to guard lives from COVID-19 to pad the pockets of protection contractors,” wrote the lawmakers. “The reported misuse by DoD of federal resources … is inconsistent with the will of Congress and may well be unlawful.”

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