Louisiana congressman calls for President Trump to share COVID-19 data with Congress

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BATON ROUGE, La. (WDSU) — A Louisiana congressman is calling for President Donald Trump to share coronavirus data from the Centers for Disease control with Congress.

This comes after President Trump ordered all data that was posted on the CDC’s website regarding the coronavirus be sent to the White House instead.

Rep. Cedric Richmond introduced the COVID Testing Transparency Act, that would call for President Trump to share the data with Congress.

“Today, I introduced the COVID Testing Transparency Act, which would require the Trump Administration to share COVID-19 testing data with Congress and the public,” Rep. Richmond said.“This bill is desperately needed after the Administration recently changed the data reporting procedures for hospitals and stopped publishing some data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on hospital capacity.

“Information is power, and Congress has an obligation to ensure that power does not get abused. Too many people of color and those who live in marginalized communities have been disproportionately impacted by this deadly virus. They desperately need to be equipped with the most accurate information in order to best protect themselves and keep their families safe. Given the worsening circumstances of this global public health crisis, this bill must be enacted with a sense of urgency.”

By: WDSU Digital Team

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