WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Mike Gallagher (WI-08) joined Rep. Debbie Lesko (AZ-08) in sending a letter to President Joe Biden demanding answers about his decision to transfer funds from COVID-19 testing to cover the cost of housing illegal immigrants. The letter comes after millions of Americans experienced difficulties getting COVID-19 tests while trying to gather with family for the holidays.
In part, the lawmakers wrote, “Due to your administration’s decision to prioritize illegal border crossers over the health of American citizens, there are now countless reports of millions of Americans across our nation waiting in lines for hours to receive a COVID-19 test. These same Americans are then forced to wait days to receive their results, putting their loved ones at risk. This has been a marked departure from your administration’s supposed plan to defeat this virus and limit the spread of COVID-19 through readily available testing. Simply put, it is a disservice to have diverted funds meant for COVID-19 testing and other urgent medical needs to pay for the shelter of illegal migrants that your polices have only encouraged. “
The letter was also signed by Reps. Tom Tiffany (WI-07), Gus Bilirakis (FL-12), Dan Bishop (NC-09), Ken Calvert (CA-42), Ben Cline (VA-06), Bob Gibbs (OH-07), Andy Harris (MD-01), Jody Hice (GA-10), Doug Lamborn (CO-05), David McKinley (WV-01), John Moolenaar (MI-04), Bill Posey (FL-08), and John Rose (TN-06).
to read the full letter.