Nation's Governors Ask for Federal Help and Guidance on COVID-19

NGA asks for five specific things to help respond to coronavirus in their states.

by Eric Holdeman / March 19, 2020

You will note that one of the requests below is for the federal government and President to lead on getting the production of ventilators ramped up. Earlier today, President Trump put this off on the governors to do -- which is impossible! See my earlier blog post on this topic, Why Not Implement the National Defense Production Act?  

Here are key points of information and requests from an NGA News Release:

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, the chair of the National Governors Association, on behalf of the nation's governors.

In his press release, Gov. Hogan announced that later today, he will submit five requests to the president, vice president, and leaders in both houses of Congress on behalf of the nation’s governors:

(1) Dedicate at least 50 percent of supplemental funding to the states, including direct funding, and act quickly on waiver requests

(2) Increase access to PPE, masks, test kits, extraction kits, and accelerating the production of life-saving equipment, such as ventilators

(3) Support Title 32 authorization to give governors maximum flexibility for use of the National Guard

(4) Provide guidance on implementation of Defense Production Act to include what health and medical resources Secretary of Health and Human Services Azar is prioritizing under his new authority

(5) Allow more time and flexibility for completion of both the Census and the transition to REAL ID

The National Governors Association is working with governors' offices across the country to coordinate responses to the pandemic, including best practices in managing public-health crises in states and territories, as well as federal advocacy. You can learn more about state actions here: https://www.nga.org/coronavirus/.

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