Max Rose calls on Trump to use Defense Production Act to ensure small businesses have PPE

Max Rose calls on Trump to use Defense Production Act to ensure small businesses have PPE
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Rep. Max RoseMax RoseLawmakers fear voter backlash over failure to reach COVID-19 relief deal The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association - Pence lauds Harris as 'experienced debater'; Trump, Biden diverge over debate prep Navy cancels training flight over NYC on 9/11 after criticism MORE (D-N.Y.) on Friday called on President TrumpDonald John TrumpBubba Wallace to be driver of Michael Jordan, Denny Hamlin NASCAR team Graham: GOP will confirm Trump's Supreme Court nominee before the election Southwest Airlines, unions call for six-month extension of government aid MORE to invoke the Defense Production Act (DPA) to ensure that small businesses have access to personal protection equipment (PPE) to reopen safely as shutdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic are lifted.

"The federal government must meet the needs of these small business owners, particularly due to the great sacrifices they've made, and continue to make, to survive this public health and economic crisis," Rose said in his letter to Trump.

Rose noted that small businesses and restaurants will still be required to meet state and local requirements for necessary PPE and sanitizers to ensure the safety of workers and customers.

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"It would be government-sanctioned cruelty if we finally allow them to re-open, but they can't due to a lack of PPE and supplies," he said.

He urged the Trump administration to use the DPA "to the fullest extent possible" to manufacture the amount of necessary PPE to aid businesses that have struggled throughout the pandemic.

Rose previously called on the administration to use the DPA for producing additional vital medical supplies for facilities in need during the pandemic.

He also voted in favor of the recent $3 trillion HEROES Act that passed mostly along party lines in the House last week, a bill Republicans are not expected to take up in the GOP-led Senate.