(NewsReady.com) – Americans from all walks of life are getting antsy about the state of the economy. Protests across the country are demanding state governors reopen their states and let people go back to work. Now, even members of Congress are getting a little impatient about getting the US back to life as usual.
Many Republicans are concerned about the financial and mental toll this crisis has taken on people. Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA), communications chair of the Freedom Caucus, doesn’t believe the current measures in place are sustainable. Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), a member of the “Opening Up America Again” task force, might be one of the most outspoken when it comes to reigniting the country.
22 million unemployed Americans.
It’s time for a new approach, one that values & protects all life. We must give hope & set a plan to reopen the economy and remove oppressive restrictions.
Right now, the cure is proving worse than the disease itself. https://t.co/do6bDUyZ3T
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) April 16, 2020
Biggs also questioned the decision of some mayors to deem businesses like liquor stores and marijuana dispensaries “essential.”
These, and other, concerns from the GOP are valid. Last week, President Donald Trump released a three-phase plan to help states determine when it’s safe to reopen their local economies.
While things seem dire right now, states like New York are showing signs of flattening the curve. According to the guidance, infected areas can move between the phases if they show a steady decline in cases and no signs of a rebound. It’s only through maintaining social distancing and quarantine measures that reduce the likelihood of a rebound that states like New York will get back to business safely.
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