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 MeadowsCOVID-19 talks hit crucial stretch Supreme Court nominee gives no clues in GOP meeting Sunday Shows: Trump's court pick dominates 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 PelosiGOP seeks to redirect criticism over Trump tax returns House rebuffs GOP lawmaker's effort to remove references to Democrats in Capitol Grassley says disclosing Trump's tax records without authorization could violate law 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.