Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers weigh in as US eyes phased reopening of economy

Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers weigh in as US eyes phased reopening of economy
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Lawmakers and health officials are set to dominate the Sunday show circuit as they begin discussing scaling back social distancing guidelines and reopening of the U.S. economy. 

Deborah Birx, the coronavirus task force coordinator, is booked on ABC’s “This Week” and CNN’s “State of the Union.” During a White House press briefing earlier this week, Birx explained the administration's guidelines to a phased reopening based on public health data. Ultimately, President TrumpDonald John TrumpHR McMaster says president's policy to withdraw troops from Afghanistan is 'unwise' Cast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters Biden says Trump should step down over coronavirus response MORE said that each state would be in charge of reopening their own economies and should keep in mind the criteria laid out by his administration and Birx, a key member and advisor for the White House's coronavirus response.

Anthony FauciAnthony FauciControversial CDC guidelines were written by HHS officials, not scientists: report Overnight Health Care: Ex-Pence aide backs Biden over virus response | Trump's sharp words put CDC director on hot seat | Trump coronavirus adviser threatens to sue Stanford researchers Trump coronavirus adviser threatens to sue Stanford researchers MORE, the nation's leading infectious disease expert who has made frequent TV appearances, is notably not booked on any cable TV shows this Sunday. 

Fauci has received criticism from conservative lawmakers and is speculated to be clashing with the president’s economic advisors, who want to reopen the economy in the coming months. However, Fauci, who advises the president on public health, has a more cautious approach. 

Vice President Pence, who leads the administration’s coronavirus task force, is booked on NBC’s “Meet the Press” and "Fox News Sunday."

Congress is scheduled to come back from recess on May 4 and begin crafting the next stimulus bill. Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerMcConnell accuses Democrats of sowing division by 'downplaying progress' on election security Warren, Schumer introduce plan for next president to cancel ,000 in student debt Schumer lashes out at Trump over 'blue states' remark: 'What a disgrace' MORE (D-N.Y.) is booked on CNN's "State of the Union" and House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiMcConnell focuses on confirming judicial nominees with COVID-19 talks stalled Overnight Defense: Top admiral says 'no condition' where US should conduct nuclear test 'at this time' | Intelligence chief says Congress will get some in-person election security briefings Pelosi must go — the House is in dire need of new leadership MORE (D-Calif.) is booked on ABC’s “This Week” and "Fox News Sunday." Sunday will be her first time appearing on Fox News since 2017. 

The $2.2 trillion stimulus bill passed by Congress late last month is still in the process of being dispersed by the Treasury Department. About 80 million people have been sent their stimulus checks and millions more are still waiting to receive theirs, according to CNN. Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinMcConnell focuses on confirming judicial nominees with COVID-19 talks stalled Hillicon Valley: FBI chief says Russia is trying to interfere in election to undermine Biden | Treasury Dept. sanctions Iranian government-backed hackers On the Money: Pelosi draws line at .2T | Jobless claims dip | Swing-state jobless numbers an issue for Trump MORE — who plays a vital role in negotiating stimulus legislation with Congress — is booked on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Despite the president’s claim of executive authority this week, state governors will likely play the biggest role in reopening their own economies.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R ), who chairs the National Governors Association and said Thursday that this week “would be the worst possible time” to lift coronavirus restrictions, is booked on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Growing unrest due to the social distancing guidelines have resulted in protests in states like Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota and Texas as groups demand an end to their state’s executive orders. 

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D), two of the governors who faced protests this week, are booked on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Whitmer is also booked on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

The Sunday show line up is as follows:

ABC's “This Week" — Pelosi; Birx

NBC's “Meet the Press” —  Pence; Whitmer; DeWine

CBS' “Face the Nation" — Birx; Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Mass.; King Abdullah II of Jordan; Suzanne Clark, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Scott Gottlieb, a former Food and Drug Administration commissioner.

CNN's “State of the Union" — Whitmer; Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin; Schumer; Hogan 

FOX News Sunday — Pence; Pelosi; 

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