Sunday shows preview: Democrats declare victory on COVID-19 stimulus; Vaccination efforts provide hope for summer
The coronavirus stimulus package and the ongoing vaccination efforts are expected to take center stage when lawmakers hit the airwaves Sunday for the talk show circuit.
President Biden this week signed into law a $1.9 trillion package that covers a slate of measures, including $1,400 stimulus checks, boosted unemployment benefits and funds to reopen schools.
Democrats have already embarked on a sprawling public relations blitz to sell the package, hoping that poll numbers showing it with broad support among the public will help them secure victories in the 2022 midterms.
Biden and Vice President Harris, among other administration officials, will crisscross the country in the coming days to tout the package, and Democratic groups have already rolled out multimillion dollar ad blitzes to promote the new law.
As lawmakers tout the package, the administration is also ramping up its coronavirus vaccine distribution. The country hit 100 million doses administered Friday, a new milestone in the fight to inoculate the public.
Biden also announced Thursday that he is ordering states to allow all adults to be eligible for a shot by May 1.
Below is the full list of guests scheduled to appear on this week’s Sunday talk shows:
ABC’s “This Week” — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin; Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.); Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio.).
NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Manchin and Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.); White House coronavirus response coordinator Jeff Zients; Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.
CBS’ “Face the Nation” — Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Govs. Jim Justice (R-W.Va.) and Phil Murphy (D-N.J.); civil rights lawyer Ben Crump.
CNN’s “State of the Union” — Manchin; Govs. Tate Reeves (R-Miss.) and Gretchen Whitmer (D-Mich.); White House communications director Kate Bedingfield.
“Fox News Sunday” — Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Fauci, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.)
Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures” — Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas); Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas); Peter Schweizer, Author of “Secret Empires;” Candace Owens, Author of “Blackout.”
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