IL-14: Oberweis Cites Underwood for Role in Pandemic Preparedness in Obama Administration

From the Jim Oberweis for Congress campaign:

Jim Oberweis: Rep. Underwood contributed to policies that lead to PPE shortages in national stockpiles

Sugar Grove, IL – One of the biggest stories during the COVID-19 Pandemic has been the lack of personal protective equipment in the national stockpile – a shortage that is due, in large part, to the failures of Rep. Lauren Underwood.

Before being elected to Congress, Rep. Lauren Underwood worked as an Obama Administration appointee to the Department of Health and Human Services from November 2014 to January 2017.

Underwood worked specifically on our Nation’s pandemic preparedness and response systems and ensuring our country had necessary stockpiles of PPE – a job she failed.

The H1N1 outbreak created massive equipment shortages as 75 percent of the $325 million stockpile inventory was used, but not replaced.

Underwood simply did not focus on replacing the N95 masks, but rather on developing reusable masks, a decision that has placed the lives of millions of health care workers at risk. 

“Rep. Underwood spent time working for the Department of Health and Human Service and took the lead in the misguided and dangerous decision to not replenish the stockpile of N95 masks,” Oberweis said.

“She got that job as a political appointee, she had zero experience in pandemic response, and, instead of replenishing critical PPE stockpiles, she pursued some fairy tale concept of inventing a reusable mask.”

In a recent article in Stars and Stripes, Rep. Lauren Underwood is quoted as saying providing PPE for healthcare workers is “now on the top of our list of concerns.

“We cannot accept a situation that effectively makes our health professionals expendable.

“It is unacceptable.”

“So why was it OK to not replenish the stockpile of N95 masks when she worked in the Obama Administration, but now it is not?” Oberweis said.

“She crafted the policies that she is now criticizing.

“That kind of brazen hypocrisy is not what the 14th District needs.

“Instead of being helpful in this crisis and putting partisan politics aside, Rep. Underwood has chosen the worst kind of partisan politics, which is not helping us get through this crisis.

“Her decisions hurt us then, they have hurt us now, and they will continue hurting us for months to come.”


IL-14: Oberweis Cites Underwood for Role in Pandemic Preparedness in Obama Administration — 17 Comments

  1. Underweird wants the nation to collapse—– anything to stop Trump.

    Does Underwood detest all men? What about her friend ‘Cleopatra’?

  2. The Trump Administration had three years to replenish, why didn’t they?

  3. DMAC57, They didn’t replenish because they eliminated the pandemic response team and ignored all warnings!

  4. Jeff Tiedrich @itsJeffTiedrich

    in summation—
    Trump is a genius but you can’t see his grades
    Trump is healthy but you can’t see his medical reports
    Trump is rich but you can’t see his tax returns
    Trump is innocent but you can’t subpoena the witnesses
    the pandemic is under control but you can’t talk to Dr. Fauci

  5. Nancy, you are an even bigger fool than I thought before.

    And a cultural Marxist.

    Well Trump delivered the nation to your ilk, right on schedule.

    The vote harvesting will ensure it.


    I knew Trump was a fraud when he said we need to release the JFK files, but never did.

    When he said the country needed a real 9/11 investigation, but never led it.

    When he promised a wall, but never delivered.

  6. I can’t imagine why anyone would post something from Jeff Tiedrich with any degree of seriousness.

  7. Title states:

    “IL-14: Oberweis Cites Underwood for Role in Pandemic Preparedness in Obama Administration”

    Given all of the shenanigans going on during Obama’s 8 years such as the IRS attacks on tea parties, conspiracy against Trump and General Michael Flynn, Comey absolution of Hillary, Peter Strok’s insurance policy, etc, it is more appropriate to use the word “Regime” than “Administration”.

  8. DMAC and dentblah reading and watching to much mostly left wing media. Per federal laws and directives in place for many years, it is the States and the hospitals within these who have the sole responsibility to be prepared for “pandemics”. That means having sufficient equipment, ventilators, masks, gowns, beds, sufficient trained medical staffs on hand and available along with detailed plans and procedures to implement.

  9. Did you catch the spin here: Underwood fails in a job she was specifically tasked to handle but somehow that’s Donald Trump’s fault.

    ‘The Terminator’ complains that Donald Trump “… promised a wall, but never delivered” while ‘The Terminator’ fails to acknowledge that, while Donald Trump is hardly the first president to promise a wall, he’s not done working to get that wall built, in spite of constant and unabashed resistance from the Left, and a lack of sufficient support on the Right, he’s done more to build the wall than anyone before him.

    ‘The Terminator’?

    Yeah, right.

  10. Blaming Lauren Underwood for Andrew Cuomo having difficulty finding ppe in 2020 is low IQ and low effort, Jim.

    Yes, Underwood got a job with the Obama administration in 2014, but the swine flu happened in 2009.

    If it were a priority to restock, why would they wait?

    And if Underwood was doing what the people before her did, maybe the blame lies with those people?

    Where is Oberweis getting all the details about what Underwood did at her job anyway?

  11. Correcting, Here’s an answer your last question.

    This press release from Jim Oberweis’ campaign is based on an article published on April 24 in the Washington Examiner:

    The NRCC latched onto the story the same day, but Oberweis’ campaign waited a week, and added some additional information about an interview Congresswoman Lauren Underwood recently gave in Stars and Stripes

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