WASHINGTON, D.C. — Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) released the following statement upon his appointment, at the direction of President Trump, to the President’s Task Force on Reopening the Economy.

“We face two enormous challenges: limiting the spread of COVID-19 while also preventing long-term damage to our economy. While public health officials implement measures to slow the spread, President Trump is convening industry leaders, elected officials, and economists to assess the path forward on reopening our economy. I am honored to accept President Trump’s request to be a part of this historic effort. The United States had the hottest economy in the world before this pandemic struck, and I look forward to working with some of the world’s best minds as we begin planning the great American economic recovery that will return us to that level of strength and security that America deserves.”