Meadows sets up coronavirus hotline for members of Congress

Meadows sets up coronavirus hotline for members of Congress
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The White House is creating a hotline for members of Congress to ask for action on coronavirus-related issues as they arise in their districts, a source familiar with the plan confirmed to The Hill. 

The hotline was spearheaded by new White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsHouse leaders take vote-counting operations online Mulvaney: 'We've overreacted a little bit' to coronavirus The Memo: Trump agenda rolls on amid pandemic MORE and deputy chief of staff John FlemingJohn Calvin FlemingTrump wants Congress to delay Census deadlines amid pandemic Meadows sets up coronavirus hotline for members of Congress The Hill's Morning Report - Iran strikes US bases in Iraq; Trump to speak today MORE, both Republican congressmen-turned-Trump staffers.  

The hotline was characterized as a more direct line of communication than a general inquiry to the office of Vice President Pence, who is overseeing the administration’s coronavirus task force. 

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiMcCarthy urges Democrats to pull surveillance bill The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Major space launch today; Trump feuds with Twitter How lawmaker ties helped shape Fed chairman's COVID-19 response MORE (D-Calif.) discussed the hotline with House Democrats on a private party call Thursday, according to Politico, which first broke the news. 

—Olivia Beavers contributed to this report.