WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) released the following statement in regards to the announcement that Louisiana will move towards Phase 1 of reopening on May 15th:

“I’m glad to hear Governor Edwards’ announcement that Louisiana will finally begin to safely reopen more parts of our economy. We need to start safely reopening our economy so people can get back to work providing for their families, and businesses who are barely hanging on can have a chance to make it through this crisis.

“With these commonsense measures, Louisiana families and small businesses that have been devastated during the shutdown can begin to see light at the end of the tunnel, while we continue protecting lives and recover from COVID-19.

“As we move toward safely reopening, protecting the health and safety of Louisiana families is my top priority. I will continue working with federal, state, and local officials to provide clear and immediate guidance on how to safely reopen our economy, accelerate Louisiana’s capabilities in fighting the COVID-19 virus, and ensure our state has access to the supplies they need to recover. Just like we’ve pulled together and made it through other challenges, the strong and resilient people of Louisiana will make it through this even stronger.”