Allred Statement on Administration Reversing Decision to End Support for Community Based Testing Sites in Dallas

June 26, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Colin Allred (TX-32) released the following statement after news that the Trump Administration will reverse its decision to end support for community-based testing sites in Dallas on June 30: 

"As experts have been saying, we should be ramping up support across every level of government to increase testing -- not decrease. This reversal is welcome news and I thank the bipartisan chorus of voices who urged the Administration to change course and allow a temporary extension.

“The state of Texas took an overdue step today to reinstate public health measures to stop the spread but we still have a long way to go. We must all do our part by wearing a mask and staying home, and I will keep fighting to ensure our community has the testing resources we need.”

Allred has consistently urged the federal government to provide Dallas County with the support and testing resources it needs. After the Administration had previously decided to end support for community-based testing Allred called the Administration’s lack of strategy on testing “irresponsible” and joined Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30) in an effort to ensure that Dallas County could still get the testing supplies it needs. 

Previously, they wrote a letter on May 12 to urge an extension of assistance and on April 10 to request more supplies to increase testing, helping the County to double the number of tests to 1,000 per day.