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 TrumpSecret Service members who helped organize Pence Arizona trip test positive for COVID-19: report Trump administration planning pandemic office at the State Department: report Iran releases photo of damaged nuclear fuel production site: report 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 FauciFauci warns new coronavirus mutation may cause virus to spread more easily GOP Arizona lawmaker says Fauci and Birx 'undermine' Trump's coronavirus response Overnight Health Care: Experts fear July 4 weekend will exacerbate coronavirus spread | Texas Gov. Abbott will require masks in most of the state | Fauci warns: 'We are not going in the right direction' 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 SchumerRepublicans fear backlash over Trump's threatened veto on Confederate names Overnight Defense: House panel votes to ban Confederate flag on all Pentagon property | DOD report says Russia working to speed US withdrawal from Afghanistan | 'Gang of Eight' to get briefing on bounties Thursday Top intelligence officials to brief Gang of Eight on Thursday MORE (D-N.Y.) is booked on CNN's "State of the Union" and House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiMilitary bases should not be renamed, we must move forward in the spirit of reconciliation Pelosi: Trump 'himself is a hoax' Women must continue to persist to rise as political leaders of America 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 MnuchinOn The Money: Economy adds 4.8M jobs in June | Unemployment to average 6.1 percent through 2030: CBO | Mnuchin says no regrets on pushing to reopen Treasury approves 0 million loan to company being sued for overcharging Pentagon US no longer 'flattening the curve' of coronavirus pandemic, administration official says 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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