Appearing on WHYY’s Radio Times, U.S. Congressman Dwight Evans (D-PA) said Monday that the nation’s focus should be on “mandatory testing” for the new coronavirus, “particularly in the African-American community.”
Disproportionately large numbers of African-Americans in Philadelphia have died from COVID-19, according to city data.
Evans also called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to halt the federal judicial nomination process and redirect that attention toward testing.
“It’s a question of priorities,” said Evans. “Where do you invest the dollars that you have?”
Evans did not say how much money such a switch would generate for testing.
McConnell has indicated that he will prioritize judicial appointments when the Senate reconvenes.