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Peter Navarro: Epidemic Shows Need to Restore American Manufacturing Capabilities

The crisis has revealed the shortcomings of an outsourced supply chain.

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White House economic policy advisor Peter Navarro spoke of the need to restore the national capabilities of American manufacturing, citing the lacking national infrastructure the United States has been stuck with as the federal government scrambles to secure as many ventilators, medical supplies and respirators as possible.

Navarro described the national Chinese coronavirus epidemic as a wake-up call to the shortcomings of an outsourced and globalized supply chain. He recounted the near impossibility of securing the medical equipment necessary

Watch the segment of Navarro’s takeaway during Thursday’s Presidential briefing on efforts to contain and defeat the epidemic:

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Navarro acknowledged that reversing the catastrophic outsourcing of American industrial capabilities for profit would have to wait until the coronavirus crisis is contained, but stated after the crisis the lack of ability to produce would have to be dealt with.

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No matter how many treaties you have, how many alliances… When push comes to shove, you run the risk as a nation of not having what you need.” Navarro, currently tasked with overseeing the Defense Production Act fulfillment process, noted that several major countries have already enacted export restrictions to outfit their own stockpiles.

The United States has proved unable to marshal the necessary amount of supplies crucial to treating patients infected with the virus. Manufacturers of ventilators and other necessary equipment were outsourced to cheap-labor facilities in Asia and China decades ago, and now the United States is finding that it’s impossible to import what’s needed as demand for the life-saving equipment surges.

American companies scrambling in an attempt to meet the massive demand are still relying on cheap foreign contractors in China. American manufacturers with the capability to begin working on the production of the machines today have reported that the major companies tasked with delivering them-such as General Motors- consider American producers merely an option of last resort.

If we learn anything from this crisis, it should be never again. Never again should we have to depend on the rest of the world for our essential medicines and counter-measures.

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SHAME: Democrats Are Blocking Stimulus Legislation That Includes Second $1,200 TrumpBux Check

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Democrats in Congress are blocking a bipartisan $1.5 trillion stimulus package that includes a second round of $1,200 TrumpBux payments to Americans.

Leading House Democrats are saying the bill isn’t big enough of a giveaway, but they favor stimulus measures that would divert funds away from the pockets of everyday Americans to institutions. They want to bail out Democrat state and local governments, and are willing to block TrumpBux payments to Americans if they aren’t allowed to.

The House passed a $3.4 trillion stimulus package in May that was shot down by Senate Republicans. The latest $1.4 stimulus legislation has been presented as a compromise, after House Democrats in turn rejected a thin $500 billion stimulus package proposed by Republicans last week. That package did not include a second round of $1,200 payments, and Republicans are now willing to sign off on another TrumpBux payment in order to pass another round of stimulus.

The $1.5 trillion stimulus legislation emerged from the Problem Solvers Caucus, a group of 25 Republicans and 25 Democrats who emphasize bipartisanship and common ground. Aside from TrumpBux 2, it features $500 billion for cities and states, unemployment insurance of $600 a week, increased SNAP benefits and rental assistance.

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Steny Hoyer and Nancy Pelosi are claiming the legislation doesn’t go far enough and that it “leaves too many needs unmet.”

Pelosi and House Democrats are insisting that Congress will remain in session until a second stimulus agreement is met, but in rejecting the Problem Solvers Caucus legislation they’re already shown they’re not open to a generous compromise.

Try asking everyday working Americans of all stripes and walks of life if they’re willing to wait or even go without a second $1,200 stimulus payment in order to provide a bigger bailout to states and cities that already engage in questionable budgetary practices to begin with. The Democrats are resolutely determined to avoid making people the priority in  a stimulus package, and will block stimulus legislation to do so.

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