The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s administrator Peter Gaynor says his team told him they are going to use the Defense Production Act for the first time today.
Gaynor says FEMA will use it today for about 60,000 test kits.
“There’s some test kits we need to get our hands on," he said on CNN this morning. "We’re going to insert some language into these mass contracts that we have for the 500 million masks. [Defense Production Act] language will be in that today."
What this is about: President Trump said he would invoke the act, which grants him authority to direct private companies to ramp up production of needed medical supplies to fight the coronavirus pandemic in the US.
The law, passed in 1950 as a response to the Korean War, gives the government more control during emergencies to direct industrial production.
Shortly after Trump announced he would be invoking the Defense Production Act, the White House received pushback from business leaders, who expressed concern that the act could cause major unforeseen problems, including profit loss.
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