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 TrumpTrump: McConnell 'helpless' to stop Biden from packing court Romney on NRSC awarding Trump: Not 'my preference' McConnell sidesteps Trump calling him 'dumb son of a b----' 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 FauciOvernight Health Care: CDC director calls on Michigan to 'close things down' amid surge in cases | Regeneron says antibody therapy prevents COVID-19 infections Fauci says some 'breakthrough' infections after vaccinations 'inevitable' Rand Paul calls Fauci a 'petty tyrant' 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 SchumerTop academics slam Puerto Rico Self-Determination Act NY Times beclowns itself by normalizing court-packing 'to balance the conservative majority' The first Southern state legalizes marijuana — what it means nationally MORE (D-N.Y.) is booked on CNN's "State of the Union" and House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiAgainst mounting odds, Biden seeks GOP support for infrastructure plan Charles Booker launches exploratory committee to consider challenge to Rand Paul Top academics slam Puerto Rico Self-Determination Act 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 MnuchinDemocrats justified in filibustering GOP, says Schumer Yellen provides signature for paper currency Biden's name will not appear on stimulus checks, White House 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; 

FOX's "Sunday Morning Futures" — Peter Navarro, Assistant to the President for Trade and Manufacturing Policy; Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottShocking killing renews tensions over police Democrat: 'Registration, engagement' are keys to toppling Sen. Tim Scott in South Carolina Passage of FASTER Act is critical for food allergy community MORE (R-S.C.); Sen. Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonNikki Haley says if Trump runs for president in 2024 then she won't Biden picks vocal Trump critics to lead immigration agencies McConnell, GOP slam Biden's executive order on SCOTUS MORE (R-AR); Sen. John Barasso (R-WY), former White House Chief Strategist Steve BannonStephen (Steve) Kevin BannonTrump denies Gaetz asked him for blanket pardon Both the left and the right discriminate against Asian Americans Hillicon Valley: John Matze takes on Parler | Prince Harry heads to Silicon Valley | YouTube leaves up Boulder shooting video MORE