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 TrumpSix big off-year elections you might be missing Twitter suspends GOP Rep. Banks for misgendering trans health official Meghan McCain to Trump: 'Thanks for the publicity' 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 FauciRand Paul calls for Fauci's firing over 'lack of judgment' Sunday shows - Democrats' spending plan in the spotlight Fauci says vaccines could be available to kids in early November 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 SchumerManchin meeting with Biden, Schumer in Delaware Progressives' optimism for large reforms dwindles Democratic frustration with Sinema rises MORE (D-N.Y.) is booked on CNN's "State of the Union" and House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDems look to keep tax on billionaires in spending bill Sunday shows - Democrats' spending plan in the spotlight Pelosi won't say if she'll run for reelection in 2022 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 MnuchinMajor Russian hacking group linked to ransomware attack on Sinclair: report The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Biden jumps into frenzied Dem spending talks Former Treasury secretaries tried to resolve debt limit impasse in talks with McConnell, Yellen: report 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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