CLEVELAND, OH – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) hosted a news conference call as he pushes a plan to keep Ohioans safe, protect workers and reopen the economy safely. On Saturday, Brown wrote to President Trump calling on the Administration to increase testing capacity, facilitate intensive contact tracing, enact enforceable worker safety protections, and support effective isolation and quarantine methods in advance of any attempts to relax social distancing guidelines or reopen the economy.
In his letter, Brown argues that bolstering these measures, which are based on recommendations from public health officials, will help protect the health and safety of Americans during the coronavirus pandemic and allow businesses to reopen and workers to go back to work with confidence.
“People want to go back to work, they want to go back to school, they want to be able to go to the grocery store without being terrified,” said Brown “And they can’t, because of President Trump – because he failed to prepare for this crisis, and now he’s failing to get us out of it. We need a real plan to reopen the economy, safely – because if we don’t do it safely, we’re just going to have to close it again.”
In his letter, Brown called on the Administration to:
Brown’s letter can be found HERE.
More info on Brown’s efforts to protect public health and worker safety can be found below.
In March, Brown released his plan for addressing the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), including testing kits, needed by healthcare workers on the frontline of keeping Americans healthy and safe during the coronavirus pandemic.
Last week, Senate Democrats also released a plan to address the Trump Administration’s failure to rapidly expand testing capacity for COVID-19. The plan includes:
In March, Brown wrote to President Trump calling for both pandemic premium pay and worker safety protections. Brown called on the Administration to quickly publish an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) that requires employers to implement comprehensive infectious disease exposure control plans to protect frontline health care and all other essential workers from the coronavirus.
This week, Brown also joined a bill led by Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), the COVID-19 Every Worker Protection Act, which would require OSHA to issue an Emergency Temporary Standard that establishes a legal obligation for all workplaces to implement comprehensive infectious disease exposure control plans to keep workers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 Every Worker Protection Act directs OSHA to issue an Emergency Temporary Standard within 7 days that sets requirements for how workplaces must safeguard workers against the spread of the coronavirus.
This week, Brown and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) wrote a letter calling on the Administration to immediately craft, release, and implement a plan that includes robust testing for the coronavirus and expanded contact tracing.
In the letter, the Senators called for: