Appearing on Breitbart Radio. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (D-TN) called for the ending of U.S. reliance on China for pharmaceuticals.
“China caused this,” Blackburn said. “They withheld the information. They erroneously blamed it on the United States Army.”
“We should hold them to account for what they have caused — that created a global pandemic and destabilized the health and the financial systems and the food supply of people all over the globe,” Blackburn said.
The United States should also, Blackburn said, put a halt to its dependence on China by bringing the manufacturing of pharmaceuticals back to this country.
“The best way for us to do that is to make America manufacture again,” Blackburn said, referring to the Securing America’s Medicine Cabinet Act, which she and Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) are proposing.
Blackburn has dubbed the bill MAMA — Make America Manufacture Again.
The bill also calls for building up the nation’s pharmaceutical stockpile and developing an emerging threats and technology division at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
It also would establish Centers of Excellence at universities to partner with U.S. pharmaceutical companies to strengthen the nation’s drug infrastructure.
The interview also included a discussion about China’s efforts to dominate global technology and the need for the U.S. to thwart that effort.
Both Marlow and Blackburn said they see a silver lining in this current crisis, with Marlow saying it has “awakened a sleeping giant” and Blackburn saying we must move forward based on lessons learned.
“Let’s never let China have control of the global economy again,” Blackburn said.