White House taps members of Congress to advise on reopening economy

In the House, McCarthy, Minority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, Greg Walden of Oregon, Patrick McHenry of North Carolina, Susan Brooks of Indiana, Liz Cheney of Wyoming, Andy Biggs of Arizona and Lee Zeldin of New York are among the House Republicans on the task force.

The House Democrats invited to the task force are Reps. Henry Cuellar of Texas, Ted Deutch of Florida, Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey, Ro Khanna and Jimmy Panetta of California, Derek Kilmer of Washington, John Larson of Connecticut, Stephanie Murphy of Florida and Tom Suozzi of New York.

On the Senate side, the White House asked several Senate Republicans to be on the task force, including Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Sens. John Barrasso of Wyoming, Rob Portman of Ohio, Joni Ernst of Iowa, Josh Hawley of Missouri, Mike Braun of Indiana, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, John Cornyn and Ted Cruz both of Texas, Kevin Cramer of North Dakota, Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Kelly Loeffler of Georgia, John Kennedy of Louisiana, Thom Tillis of North Carolina, David Perdue of Georgia, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Susan Collins of Maine and Martha McSally of Arizona.

The Democratic senators invited to the task force are Tom Carper of Delaware, Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin of Illinois, Dianne Feinstein of California, Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, Martin Heinrich of New Mexico, Angus King of Maine, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Jacky Rosen of Nevada, Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, Mark Warner of Virginia and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island.

The task force invitations come as Trump and some congressional Republicans are pushing for a swift reopening of the economy. They are warning the effects of shutting down the economy to prevent the spread of the virus could be worse than the actual impact of the deadly virus.

But Democrats are urging a more gradual approach to restarting the economy and are seeking to dramatically expand testing as part of a first step to reopening businesses.

John Bresnahan, Burgess Everett and Betsy Woodruff Swan contributed to this report.

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