Sen. Lindsey Grahams (R-S.C.) legislation to move the production of personal protective equipment (PPE) from China back to the United States by providing tax credits and incentives to companies is one of the key provisions in the new GOP stimulus package introduced Monday.
Speaking at a press briefing on Monday, Graham said the pandemic has made it apparent that the United States needs to manufacture essential equipment in the country.
“So, what have we learned 90 percent of the protective equipment that our doctors and nurses, and healthcare professionals need to keep us safe and keep their families safe is made in China,” he said, adding, “President Trump is hell-bent on trying to bring the medical supply chain back. Theres a big step forward in this bill.”
Graham said that the measure, titled the Restoring Critical Supply Chains and Intellectual Property Act, will bolster national security and safety and allocate $7.5 billion to companies to incentivize them to move PPE production to the United States. He added that military uniforms have been categorized as PPE and will also be manufactured in the country.
Nikki Haley, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, took to Twitter Tuesday to praise the GOP legislation.
“So, the National Stockpile will have protective equipment Made in America we dont have to depend on China,” Haley said. “Great leadership by @LindseyGrahamSC, @SenCapito, and @SenatorRounds for sponsoring a provision mandating that the federal government buy American made personal protective equipment to refill the National Strategic Stockpile. #MadeinAmerica.”
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