Economy In Focus As Trump Pushes Reopening

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WASHINGTON – President Trump, with his cabinet Tuesday, reiterated he wants Americans back to work.

“We have to get back to work, and we want to open up,” said the President. “The people want to open up.”

The President and Vice President met with GOP lawmakers Tuesday, about the next steps toward economic recovery. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell putting the brakes on another stimulus right now.

“We need to assess what we’ve already done and take a look at what worked and what didn’t forward,” explained Sen. McConnell.

Republicans have signaled openness to some additional measures, like liability protection for businesses against COVID-19 related lawsuits from workers, and aid for state and local governments with budgets hammered by the pandemic response.

By Wednesday, all 50 states will have taken steps toward reopening, Connecticut, the last.

Those reopenings, a big factor in the White House recovery equation.

Although, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was pressed at a senate banking committee hearing about workers’ safety.

“How many workers will die if we send people back to work without the protections they need, Mr. Secretary?,” asked Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown.

“We don’t intend to send anybody back to work without the protections,” responded Secretary Mnuchin.

Despite the reopening, as of Tuesday, at least 17 states were seeing daily case rates on the rise.


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