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Sunday shows preview: Congress spars over next round of coronavirus relief; GOP seeks offensive after news of Flynn 'unmasking'

Sunday shows preview: Congress spars over next round of coronavirus relief; GOP seeks offensive after news of Flynn 'unmasking'
© Aaron Schwartz

The $3 trillion coronavirus relief package passed by the House on Friday and the “unmasking” of former national security advisor Michael Flynn are set to dominate the Sunday morning show circuit this weekend.

The HEROES Act, which builds upon the $2.2 trillion CARES Act signed by President TrumpDonald John TrumpVenezuela judge orders prison time for 6 American oil executives Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation MORE in late March, passed largely along party lines, but left both conservative and progressive lawmakers wanting changes.

Republican lawmakers in the Senate have indicated that the spending behemoth will be "dead on arrival" as it moves to GOP-controlled upper chamber. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellAs Biden administration ramps up, Trump legal effort drags on Harris says she has 'not yet' spoken to Pence Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year MORE (R-Ky.) has called the bill a Democratic "wish list," and has opted for restraint in congressional spending to assess how the first four relief bills are impacting Americans. 

House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiGovernors take heat for violating their own coronavirus restrictions Spending deal clears obstacle in shutdown fight Ocasio-Cortez, Cruz trade jabs over COVID-19 relief: People 'going hungry as you tweet from' vacation MORE (D-Calif.), the lead architect of the legislation, is booked on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation Clyburn: Biden falling short on naming Black figures to top posts Prepare for buyers' remorse when Biden/Harris nationalize health care MORE (I-Vt.), a prominent progressive lawmaker and former Democratic presidential candidate who has expressed his own concerns with the bill, is booked on ABC’s “This Week.” 

On Wednesday, Sanders and his former rival, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation US records 2,300 COVID-19 deaths as pandemic rises with holidays MORE, announced “unity task forces” to explore progressive policy initiatives for the Democratic platform.

This week, reports surfaced that the Trump administration is drafting an executive order that would increase domestic production of drugs and medical supplies. White House Trade Advisor Peter Navarro, who has pushed for the country to lessen its dependence on China for medical supplies, is booked on ABC’s “This Week” and NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday night issued guidance to aid restaurants, bars and workplaces to mitigate the spread of coronavirus businesses allow employees and customers to return. However, the newly released guidelines appear watered down compared to previously shelved versions. 

Tom Frieden, a former director of the CDC, is booked on “Fox News Sunday.”

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Friday that the administration is hoping to have a coronavirus vaccine ready by January, an ambitious deadline that would break records for vaccine development. Azar is booked on CBS’s “Face the Nation” and CNN’s “State of the Union.”

GOP lawmakers have begun raising questions this week over the surveillance of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, a former Trump campaign official who was charged with lying to the FBI about calls he had with a Russian official following the 2016 election. Flynn originally pleaded guilty to lying about the calls.

Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonLoeffler isolating after possible COVID-19 infection Rick Scott tests positive for coronavirus GOP Rep. Dan Newhouse tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (R-Wis.), who chairs the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, is one of the senators who told reporters this week that he will begin requesting documents and subpoenaing Obama administration officials. Johnson is booked on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

ABC’s “This Week” — Sanders; Navarro.

NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Navarro; Dr. Tom Inglesby, director of the Center for Health Security of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

CBS' “Face the Nation" — Azar; Pelosi; Gary CohnGary David CohnThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump OKs transition; Biden taps Treasury, State experience On The Money: Markets soar on Pfizer vaccine news | EU imposes tariffs on B of US goods over Boeing | Business groups applaud Biden's push for masks Former Trump economic aide Gary Cohn congratulates Biden MORE, a former adviser to President Donald Trump; Scott Gottlieb, a former Food and Drug Administration commissioner; Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America.

CNN’s “State of the Union” — Azar; Johnson.; Govs. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomVaccine skepticism emerges as early test for Biden Mayor of Denver apologizes for holiday travel after advising residents to stay put California, Texas shatter single-day nationwide record for new coronavirus cases MORE, D-Calif., and Mike DeWine, R-Ohio.

“Fox News Sunday" — Gov. Jared PolisJared Schutz PolisColorado order allows hospitals to stop admitting, transfer patients when at capacity due to COVID-19 Broncos announce this weekend will be last game in front of fans this season Effort to recall Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has failed to collect necessary signatures by deadline MORE, D-Colo.; Mohamed El-Erian, chief economic adviser at Allianz; Frieden

Fox's “Sunday Morning Futures” —New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio (D-NY); Sen. John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (R-LA); Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsMajority say they want GOP in control of Senate: poll The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump, Biden clash over transition holdup, pandemic plans Georgia secretary of state says wife has received threatening texts about recount MORE (R-Ga.); Jeff Gordon; FOX NASCAR Analyst; Four-Time NASCAR champion

“America This Week With Eric Bolling” — Bill O’Reilly; Shelley Luther (Texas Hair Salon Owner); Rep Doug Collins (R-Ga.); Paris Dennard; Dr Nicole; Saphier; Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonBen Carson says he's 'out of the woods' after being 'extremely sick' with COVID-19 Ben Carson says he used unproven COVID-19 treatment recommended by MyPillow CEO Chelsea Clinton blames Trump for Secret Service officers in quarantine MORE