House panel opens Navarro’s check on $ 646M ventilator contract cancellation

A House committee will investigate the White House on contract negotiations related to the COVID-19 pandemic response, following which the federal government abruptly canceled a $ 646 million contract for ventilators on Monday.

Rape Raja KrishnamurthySubrahmanyan (Raja) Raja Krishnamurthy’s panel begins investigation of Navarro on cancellation of 6 meter ventilator contract (D-Ill.) Told CNBC on Monday that the Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy would investigate contracts negotiated by White House business adviser Peter Navarro, and said the contract would help Navarro help the company leverage the federal government An example of

The company Philips Respironics confirmed the termination of its contract with the federal government on Monday, CNBC reported.

Under the management of “Peter Navarro, Senior Advisor President TrumpDonald John Trumptrump compared police who use force to golfers who called Pence a ‘choke’ for handling powers during Trump’s abrupt Walter Reid visit: the book’s top Senate Democrat request named German ambassador Pulled over previous inflammatory commentsKrishnamurthy said in a statement to CNBC, the administration was taken advantage of by Philips Respironics while negotiating the price of a life-saving ventilator.

“American taxpayers saved more than $ 400 million dollars when my subcommittee threw light on one of the Trump administration’s useless contracts to supply COVID-19,” he continued. “My subcommittee will continue to pay Philips the remaining money that the federal government owes. We will also request documentation from all contracts that Peter Navarro has negotiated regarding the Kovid-19 response. ”

The White House did not immediately return a request for comment from Hill.

The Trump administration earlier this year signed contracts with several companies to produce ventilators and other essential equipment due to nationwide shortages that hospitals and other companies were demanding for personal protective equipment, as the epidemic hit the US The coasts were affected.

A report released by Krishnamurthy’s committee in July found that Navarro had agreed that the US would pay $ 15,000 per ventilator produced by Philips Respironics, far more than the amount paid to any other US manufacturer.

“The Trump administration spent expensive during the worst public health crisis of our American generation to purchase ventilators for the nation’s reserves,” he said in late July. “Not only did the administration endanger the health and safety of the American people – but it exceeded half a billion dollars, which could be used to better support our nation’s crisis response efforts.”

The company’s CEO, France van Houton, defended the contract at the time, claiming that the company did not raise prices amid the epidemic.

“We do not recognize the findings in the subcommittee’s report, and we believe that not all of the information provided by us has been reflected in the report,” he said in a statement.