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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 TrumpTrump rages against '60 Minutes' for interview with Krebs Cornyn spox: Neera Tanden has 'no chance' of being confirmed as Biden's OMB pick Pa. lawmaker was informed of positive coronavirus test while meeting with Trump: 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: Restrictions likely won't be reversed before Christmas Health officials warn of post-Thanksgiving COVID-19 case surge Year-end parties banned in South Korea 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 SchumerThe five biggest challenges facing President-elect Biden Collins urges voters to turn out in Georgia runoffs Protect America's houses of worship in year-end appropriations package MORE (D-N.Y.) is booked on CNN's "State of the Union" and House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiObama chief economist says Democrats should accept smaller coronavirus relief package if necessary The five biggest challenges facing President-elect Biden Democrats were united on top issues this Congress — but will it hold? 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 MnuchinMonumental economic challenges await Biden's Treasury secretary Biden's Treasury pick will have lengthy to-do list on taxes On The Money: Initial jobless claims rise for 2nd week | Dow dips below 30K | Mnuchin draws fire for COVID-19 relief move | Manhattan DA appeals dismissal of Manafort charges 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; 

FOX's "Sunday Morning Futures" — Peter Navarro, Assistant to the President for Trade and Manufacturing Policy; Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottDemocrats lead in diversity in new Congress despite GOP gains The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Capital One - Pfizer unveils detailed analysis of COVID-19 vaccine & next steps GOP senators congratulate Harris on Senate floor MORE (R-S.C.); Sen. Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonBiden's Cabinet a battleground for future GOP White House hopefuls The Memo: GOP mulls its future after Trump O'Brien on 2024 talk: 'There's all kinds of speculation out there' MORE (R-AR); Sen. John Barasso (R-WY), former White House Chief Strategist Steve BannonStephen (Steve) Kevin BannonFlynn spurs questions of who Trump might pardon next Juan Williams: Obama's dire warnings about right-wing media Sunday shows preview: Biden transition, COVID-19 spike in spotlight MORE