UPDATED 7:58 AM PT — Thursday, May 14, 2020
Some Republican lawmakers appear to be torn between prioritizing the economic or public health impacts facing the nation amid the coronavirus pandemic.
While speaking on Capitol Hill Wednesday, Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.) and Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) agreed that Dr. Anthony Fauci’s warnings about reopening the economy too quickly are making it difficult for Republicans to defend President Trump’s desire to “liberate” the states.
U.S. testing exploded once the White House’s efforts to increase testing – and fight off the regulatory swamp – won out. The same thing will happen with reopening greatest economy in history, using the reopening guidance as a roadmap under President @realDonaldTrump‘s leadership. pic.twitter.com/QEBJT5nS8h
— Senator Mike Braun (@SenatorBraun) May 14, 2020
The senators noted that it’s important to remember this goes beyond public health concerns.
“I mean, Dr. Fauci, he’s a national treasure like a lot of the health care providers we’ve been hearing from, but this is more than just a public health crisis,” said Sen. Cornyn. “This is an economic crisis too and we have to find a way to safely, gradually reopen our economy, and that’s going to take the cooperation of a lot of people.”
The Texas lawmaker went on to say Americans could see their “livelihood permanently destroyed” if states don’t move to reopen their economies quickly.