Reopening Economy Emerges as New Political Battleground

Thu Apr 16, 2020 AT 11:20 AM EDT

As Washington policymakers scramble to contain the fallout from the coronavirus crisis, the question of how quickly to reopen the economy has emerged as the latest political battleground dividing the two parties.

Behind President Donald Trump, Republicans are increasingly eager to get businesses reopened and customers into their doors, warning that a prolonged economic shutdown — even in the name of protecting public health — will do more harm to the nation’s long-term viability than the coronavirus itself.

“It is time for Texans to go back to work,” Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, told a local news station on Wednesday. “Because the consequences of this economic shutdown are serious and dire.” Read Full Story

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