Pritzker To Congress: We Need National Mask Mandate

Dave Dahl
July 08, 2020 - 3:52 pm

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker used a national stage Wednesday to criticize the Trump administration over the federal government's coronavirus response.

The Democrat testified during a virtual hearing of the House Homeland Security Committee. His message was a familiar one, coming from Pritzker — that the White House failed to help Illinois obtain enough Personal Protective Equipment and other supplies during the pandemic.

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With Republican Trump’s decentralized approach, state governments were competing against each other to buy the items, Pritzker said. That created “some sort of sick Hunger Games game show, to save the lives of our people,” the governor said.

“Let me be clear: This is not a reality TV show,” he said.

Pritzker also brought a suggestion to the representatives: a national mask mandate to help prevent spread of coronavirus.

He said his state's directive to wear masks in public have resulted in demonstrably lower COVID statistics.

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The governor did get a little pushback on his complaints.

U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins, R-La., said President Trump is doing no worse a job than the governor is, in navigating a once-in-a-lifetime event.

Illinois COVID statistics have trended downward, and the state is in Phase 4 of its reopening. On Wednesday, Illinois health officials reported 980 confirmed cases of coronavirus, including 36 deaths.