Davis Sends Recommendations to White House on Re-opening the Economy
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) sent recommendations to the White House on re-opening the economy. Davis was asked to provide recommendations as a member of President Trump's task force to re-open our economy.
"Beginning to safely re-open our country has to be our top priority and there are many ways the federal government can work with states to help them lift restriction where they can," said Davis. "These recommendations I've provided to the President are based on concerns I've heard locally from hospitals, businesses, farmers, lawmakers, and other constituents. I continue to take their input directly to the White House. Ensuring our states and the federal government are working together will help get Americans back to work safely and get our economy back on track."
Davis made the following recommendations:
Three Phase Approach – Encouraging Regional Reopenings
The three-phased approach and gating criteria you established give governors the standards they need to reopen. However, these standards are only as effective as the governors who choose to implement. I ask that as you encourage governors to reopen under these standards you emphasize reopening on a regional basis within states. For instance, the congressional district I represent in central Illinois should begin reopening before the Chicago Metropolitan Area.
Elective Surgeries – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Testing Exemption
As states lift restrictions on elective surgeries, some, such as Illinois, have required individuals be tested for COVID-19 before arriving for surgery. Unfortunately, because of current CDC guidelines many testing facilities will not test these individuals. As such, the CDC should create an exemption to current testing guidelines for individuals scheduled for elective surgeries.
Agriculture – Ensuring Strength in the Supply Chain
Agriculture is the backbone of my congressional district in central Illinois, and my farmers are thankful for the aid they will soon receive from your administration. However, they are just one link in the farm to table supply chain. Other links include the processing plants that convert commodities into edible food and the truck drivers who ensure store shelves are stocked. As our country reopens, all levels of government must work together to ensure the supply chain is running at 100%. Disruptions at any point will limit access to the food that will fuel the rebuilding of our country.
Congress – Getting the U.S. Capitol Back to Work
As the phased reopening of the country begins, the in-person work of Congress should do the same. This starts with getting committees back to work while following social distancing guidelines, so that regular order can return to Congress. Special focus should be given to the Appropriations Committee (FY21 bills), Transportation and Infrastructure, Armed Services (NDAA), and committee work specific to COVID 19 response. It is imperative Congress shows up and does its part in supporting recovery efforts to help the country overcome this unprecedented national emergency.