A group of 50 representatives in Congress have revealed a plan to reopen the United States economy amid the coronavirus pandemic. The “Back to Work” checklist includes what the lawmakers will need to see before they see the country as ready to return to normalcy.
The checklist comes from deliberations between 25 Democrat and 25 Republican members of the House of Representatives. This group, called the Problem Solvers Caucus, states its mission is to find bipartisan solutions.
This plan, unveiled Monday, aims to address both public health and the economic concerns of the country.
It includes requirements for sufficient equipment for medical professionals, plans from all businesses to ensure social distancing, and further economic stimulus. But at the top are clear demands for mass testing, contact tracing, and containing “viral hotspots.”
Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks) is a member of the Problem Solvers Caucus. He advocated support for the plan in a statement Monday.
“While we continue to focus on flattening the curve, we must also be prepared for when our health officials believe it is safe to reopen our economy. Our bipartisan checklist is a good first step to help establish parameters for reopening our country.”
The opening page of the checklist serves as an introduction to its goals and the thought process behind it. It calls for an approach addressing the needs of different industries and regions of the country differently.
“Any plan to reopen the country must give attention to the medical and economic challenges this pandemic has created, while also providing solutions to the issues that allowed this virus to spread,” said Fitzpatrick. “We will come out on the other side of this pandemic, and we will continue to work to make sure this never happens again.”
Fox News first published the Back to Work checklist, available in its entirety here, Monday.