U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher said the nation’s testing for novel coronavirus has been deficient, and lawmakers need to look into it to keep it from happening again.

“I think there were clear deficiencies in the testing process,” the Green Bay Republican said in an interview aired Sunday on “UpFront,” produced in partnership with WisPolitics.com.

“It took a while for guidance to get there; certain kits didn’t have the requisite RNA samples to do the testing,” he said. “When the dust settles, I do think we need to take a look at our testing capacity and make sure that we fix things so we don’t find ourselves in this position again.”

The interview with Gallagher was done before the House approved new legislation to deal with the pandemic.

The House vote was 363-40, with Gallagher joining Wisconsin Republican Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner, Glenn Grothman and Bryan Steil in voting against the bill. Democratic Reps. Ron Kind, Gwen Moore and Mark Pocan voted for the measure.

Gallagher also urged people to be careful about where they are getting their information during the pandemic.

“Every member of Congress, really everyone in public office should play the role of facilitating the best information out there. There’s so much misinformation online, right now,” he said.

He encouraged people to listen to their local and state health experts, and experts from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Also on the program, state Sen. Lena Taylor, candidate for Milwaukee mayor, criticized Mayor Tom Barrett for having what she called a “piecemeal” approach to the coronavirus outbreak.

“We knew that we had the first case in Wisconsin back in February. More than a month later is when we first hear from the leader in Milwaukee. We need a task force, an entire task force, that will bring a coordinated service together,” Taylor said.

She said the “siloed effect” is a problem on this issue and “many issues that the (Barrett) administration deals with.”

See more from the program here.


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