Houston Congressman Dan Crenshaw, recently said that United States Food and Drug Administration regulations “created barriers to the private industry [for] creating a test quickly” for the coronavirus.
Is that a fact?
Madlin Mekelburg looked into it for PolitiFact Texas, based at the Austin American-Statesman. She says Crenshaw made the claim in response to a chain of tweets talking about why the United States has failed to provide adequate testing for COVID-19.
In his tweet, Crenshaw, a Republican, said the testing issue wasn’t the fault of President Donald Trump, or former President Barack Obama – something Trump has claimed. Rather, he placed blame on the federal agency that tests and regulates medicines and vaccines.
It’s not Obama’s fault and it’s not Trump’s fault. We have stringent FDA regulations, long in place, that created barriers to the private industry creating a test quickly.
This obsession with scoring political points is downright gross. https://t.co/NvTptK3utT
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) March 13, 2020
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Written by Caroline Covington.