On March 13, 2020, President Trump formally declared coronavirus a national health emergency. The declaration unleashed billions of dollars in federal aid to state and local governments to respond to the pandemic threat.
Despite those efforts, the coronavirus pandemic led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people — mostly the elderly. It also caused severe global economic damage, destroyed thousands of small businesses across America and reshaped the country.
The entire nation has suffered crippling economic losses — some of which might have been unnecessarily self-imposed by the way our country responded with lockdowns and closures of wide swaths of our economy.
Our children have had their education and lives disrupted to the detriment of their mental and physical health and wellbeing.
After a year, we know little about the mysterious and troubling origins of the virus or if our country’s response was effective and efficient. That’s why we’re asking you to ask your member of Congress to support H.R. 834, the Pandemics Require Evaluating, Planning, and Responding Effectively — PREPARE Act — a bill that would create an independent bipartisan congressional commission to answer questions about the COVID-19 pandemic and help us better prepare the U.S. for future pandemic threats.
At the outset, it was appropriate that defeating the virus was the country’s first priority. But now we need to ask tough questions and uncover the facts about every single aspect of the pandemic.
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