Senate Democrats introduce bill to shore up PPE supply
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Senate Democrats introduce bill to shore up PPE supply

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Fri, 11/20/2020 – 10:30

Senate Democrats have introduced a bill that would appropriate $10 billion for the government to purchase large quantities of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care workers. The bill would also establish a $1 billion grant program to help small businesses “retool” their facilities to manufacture protective equipment on a larger scale. Democrats introduced the bill as COVID-19 cases surge nationwide. Most PPE is manufactured in China, giving the United States less control over the supply chain as other countries compete for the same equipment. American business owners have expressed interest in making protective gear but say they need more financial support from the federal government to do so. President-elect Joe Biden has said he plans to use the Defense Production Act (DPA) to exert more control over the supply chain and bolster the supply of PPE so the national supply “exceeds demand.”