Sens. Tim Scott, Lindsey Graham to serve on Presidential Task Force for reopening the economy

Sens. Tim Scott, Lindsey Graham to serve on Presidential Task Force for reopening the economy
Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., left, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., attend a campaign rally for President Donald Trump, Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in North Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (Source: Patrick Semansky)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - A pair of U.S. Senators from South Carolina will be among the leaders who will serve on President Donald Trump’s task force to reopen the economy affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

On Thursday, Sen. Tim Scott announced he would be one of several members to join President Donald Trump’s “Opening Up America Again” Task Force. President Trump recently revealed the new task force would be formed to help determine the best measures to get the economy up and running once again.

“As our nation faces an unprecedented crisis in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is critical that we put plans in place to both keep Americans healthy and restart our economy," Sen. Scott said in a statement. "I want to thank President Trump for the opportunity to serve our nation on this task force, and I will be working with colleagues on both sides of the Capitol to tackle the wide range of issues facing American families and workers right now. As a former small business owner, I know just how important it is to both workers and our communities that we find a safe, responsible path to getting folks back to work and our economy back online.”

Joining Scott will be Senator Lindsey Graham. He announced his involvement with the task force on Thursday as well.

“I look forward to working with President Trump and the other members of the Task Force to find ways to safely reopen the economy," Graham said in a statement. “We must go on offense against the coronavirus by expanding our capability for widespread testing and producing effective therapies and vaccines.”

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows are among those who are also expected to be on the task force as well.

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