Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined federal lawmakers from the National Capital Region in urging President Donald Trump to provide federally supported testing sites for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
This new push by federal lawmakers builds on a joint request made by Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. officials earlier this week for federal COVID-19 testing sites.
“… [T]he National Capital Region is home to over six million residents and the seat of the federal government, with hundreds of thousands of military and civilian employees serving the Departments of Homeland Security, Health and Human Services, Defense and other mission-critical agencies,” the members wrote. “The health and safety of this region – which includes employees who commute, work and live in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia – must remain a top priority for continuity of operations for our democratic government...”
The letter was signed by U.S. Senators Ben Cardin, (D-Md.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.), as well as U.S. Representatives Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.), Anthony G. Brown (D-Md.), Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), David Trone (D-Md.), Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va.), Donald S. Beyer, Jr. (D-Va.), and Jennifer Wexton (D-Va.).