With the number of coronavirus cases surging in many parts of the country, including California, and locally, in Alameda County, Rep. Ro Khanna, along with Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced a bill on Tuesday to mail a medical mask to all Americans.

“If we can afford a $740 billion defense budget, we can afford to send every American a face mask,” said Khanna, who represents Fremont and parts of Silicon Valley.

“Congress has a responsibility to step up where the White House has abdicated its responsibility and ensure every family has the equipment they need to stay safe. If we’re asking folks to wear a mask, which is absolutely essential, it’s on us to provide one.”

The bill would allocate $5 billion to the effort. The medical masks would be shipped to Americans via the U.S. Postal Service.