May 23, 2020 Press Releases

Kelly responds to report that potentially faulty masks were sent to Navajo Nation


Today, ProPublica reported that Indian Health Service hospitals on the Navajo Nation were sent hundreds of thousands of potentially faulty personal protective masks. The masks were procured from China by a brand new company run by a former White House aide with no federal contracting experience after limited competitive bidding, according to ProPublica.

“The Navajo Nation is facing the worst coronavirus outbreak in the country, Navajo leaders are doing everything in their power to take care of their community, and the federal government continues to fail them,” Mark Kelly. “This failure needs to be investigated, and effective personal protective gear needs to be routed to the Indian Health Service and the Navajo Nation now to safely treat COVID-19 patients and slow the spread of the virus.”

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