May 20, 2020 12:45 PM

Marshall: Time to hold China accountable for COVID-19

Posted May 20, 2020 12:45 PM


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HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Kansas First District Congressman Dr. Roger Marshall wants to be sure China is held accountable for its role in allowing the COVID-19 pandemic to spread across the globe.

"I don't know whether they purposely let this virus go, or they just were trying to cover it up," Marshall said. "There's a whole lot of there there. This bill gives the President the authority, the power to shine a light on China as well as the World Health Organization and expose this cover up for what it is."

The goal is to get the Chinese to be honest with the rest of the world.

"We are going to require China to close their wet markets," Marshall said. "It's going to help bring the pharmaceutical supply chain home as well as put sanctions on China. Things like freezing their assets, travel bans, visas, those types of things, as well."

The reason the U.S. still needs China as a part of the economic world is it's too large a market to leave on the table.

"What we have to do is hold them accountable for their commitments to the trade agreement that we worked so hard with President Trump to get done in January," Marshall said. "We are keeping an eye on that. We're trying to make sure that we're continuing to ship out milo from across Kansas as well as wheat and cattle, all those types of things."

Making sure that even in the face of the pandemic, China keeps their economic promises is going to be an important part of keeping the global economy afloat going forward.

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AAA: Memorial Day travel likely record low


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HUTCHINSON, Kan. — AAA is expecting lots less travel for Memorial Day.

"AAA is expecting this Memorial Day weekend travel volume to set a record low since we began tracking the statistics in 2000," said Shawn Steward with AAA Kansas. "Last year, 43 million Americans traveled for Memorial Day weekend, which was the second highest travel volume on record."

COVID-19 has made it hard to know what is open and what is not to travel much distance.

"With social distancing guidelines still in place in a lot of locations and people just a little unsure about where things are, we think a lot of people will be staying home this Memorial Day weekend or staying very close to home," Steward said.

Given the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, AAA doesn't have a good estimate for how much the travel number will drop for the weekend, but people are still planning their vacations for later in the year.

"AAA travel online bookings have been rising, although modestly, since mid-April," Steward said. "Travelers are really starting to gain some confidence and start thinking about where they want to be traveling possibly this summer and fall."

Steward says trips within the region will likely come back first.