The Coronavirus Bulletin - Reopening Texas and the Nation
As the top Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee, I joined Brian Kilmeade on FOX News Radio to talk about COVID – 19 and the steps Texas is taking to safely reopen while keeping maximum pressure on the virus, stating that Governor Abbott “opened a big can of common sense on how you reopen these businesses.”
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On reopening Texas:
Texas is reopening safely. We are the second largest state for population in the country, but just ninth in the number of cases. The growth of new cases is slowing despite the fact our testing is hitting record levels.
Most importantly, hospitalizations are down 13 percent over the weekend. And as Governor Abbott has pointed out, we now have more recoveries than we do active cases.
We cannot let the pressure off here in the state, but clearly, it is crucial to reopen.
On reopening the country:
If businesses fail, workers fail. We cannot let these job losses be permanent. The President, and Governor Abbott, are exactly right. Let’s reopen, let’s get people back to work; let’s save those jobs and give people hope as we keep pressure on the virus.
We are still having trouble in our senior living centers. … This has got to continue to be our highest priority.
This isn’t a live versus livelihoods. In fact, we have to do both right. If we don’t, we’re going to hurt even more Americans. Because being on unemployment for a long time is unhealthy, for workers, their families, and the economy as well. We can do this, and we can do this in a smart way.
On reopening Congress:
Congress has already allocated over $1.2 trillion to state and local communities. That’s more than what we gave small businesses.
I think Democrats in the House are going to go it alone. … My prediction is this will be a pure messaging bill, they know it will never live a day in the Senate. I think that’s the wrong way to go.
House Republicans are working with the White House to put in place the same policies that launched the same Trump economic boom: which is to keep taxes low, incentivize business to invest, make work pay.