Source: Office of Senator Cory Gardner
July 2, 2020
Washington, D.C. – Today U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Mitt Romney (R-UT), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) introduced the Timely and Effective Systematic Testing (TEST) Act, sweeping legislation to strengthen the nation’s health preparedness efforts for COVID-19 recovery and future pandemics by requiring a plan for diagnostic testing and public health system integration to better detect infectious diseases, prevent outbreaks, and avoid future economic shutdowns related to pandemics. Gardner, Bennet, Romney, and Sinema worked with Dr. Scott Gottlieb, 23rd Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and leading expert in the field, to develop this legislation.
“America’s hotels felt the economic impact of COVID-19 at its onset. Occupancy rates and revenue cratered as a result of lockdowns, quarantines, and travel restrictions. In order for the hospitality industry to recover, Americans need to be confident that they can resume activities, such as travel. Until a vaccine is developed, more testing is key to giving us a clearer picture of where we stand regarding this virus. Confidence is achieved by the ability to make more informed decisions. That’s why the TEST Act, introduced by Senators Gardner, Bennet, Romney, and Sinema, is so important to creating a focused, federal approach to COVID-19 testing,” said Cecil P. Staton, President & CEO, Asian American Hotel Owners Association.