Jeff Sessions, candidate for U.S. Senate from Alabama, today issued a statement and called for immediate government action on the Covid-19 virus:
“As Attorney General, I served on President Trump’s National Security Council where every crisis was planned for—from terrorism, to border security, to infectious diseases, to foreign attacks, and natural disasters. As your next Senator, you can be sure that I understand how this massive government works, and often fails to work, and importantly, how to force action to help our citizens. In this crisis, you can know that I can bring knowledge, experience, insight and determination.
“There is no place for politics. Just like natural disasters, infectious disease is not partisan, and anyone who seeks partisan advantage does not have the interest of the American people at heart. I am motivated and ready for the challenge.
“I served in the U.S. Army Reserve for 10 years and on the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee for 20 years. As Senator, I was deeply involved in pressing for all federal agencies to respond promptly to such disasters as Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill.
“I love Alabama values. We demand prompt, efficient action and reject just throwing money at the problem as political cover. The choices are not always easy, and experience is an asset in this case. And you can be sure I will bring our Alabama common sense to this and every challenge.
“You can trust me to have the judgement to deal with this crisis, and any crisis, and the courage to debate the issues and to lead.”
7 Things Our Government Should Do Right Now:
- A full emergency drive for increased testing sites. Immediately open drive-through and mobile testing sites nationwide. Above every other measure, every citizen must have the ability to be tested immediately when they have reason for concern. This is the number one thing our government must provide right now.
- Locations of travel-contracted cases must be disclosed by the CDC.
- All hospitals should postpone elective procedures. We must be certain to have ample beds available for those affected by the virus.
- States must immediately designate containment zones in areas with rapidly growing cases.
- Temporarily shut down all U.S. borders to foreign tourism. Any American who elects to travel internationally must submit to a health screening and a 14-day quarantine upon return to the U.S.
- Shut Government buildings to visitors. Only keep them open for critical officials and staff and for necessary functions. Many government functions are vital during a public health crisis.
- Immediately begin review of potential shared spaces for ill patients and for persons who may need to be quarantined. This would include sections of existing hospitals or closed hospitals, hotel spaces or alternative accommodations.