The Recovery Report is a weekly newsletter about America’s response to the coronavirus pandemic from Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis (SSOCC) Republicans. 

Coronavirus Facts of the Week:

Coronavirus Quote of the Week:

“I had to be out front and this is America, this is the United States. The greatest country in the world. This is the most powerful country in the world. I can’t be locked up in a room upstairs, totally safe and just say ‘Hey, whatever happens, happens’. I can’t do that. We have to confront problems. As a leader, you have to confront problems. There’s never been a great leader that would have done that.” – President Donald J. Trump

Bogus Narrative of the Week:

Democrats repeatedly charge that President Trump has no national plan to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. At last week’s hearing with Secretary Azar, Select Subcommittee on Coronavirus Crisis (SSOCC) Chairman Clyburn (D-S.C.) stated “the Trump Administration has refused to step up and lead a national response to stop the spread of this deadly virus.” This is false.

Why it’s false:

President Trump has created several national plans tailored to specific situations to provide operational flexibility and rapid responses to ever-changing situations. Last week SSOCC Republicans released a report titled, “President Trump’s Plan: A Whole of America Response,” which shows the Trump Administration’s national plan consists of the following, all supported by thousands of pages of guidance and recommendations:

  • A Plan to Procure Personal Protective Equipment: On March 29, 2020, President Trump launched Project Airbridge and began to carefully and thoughtfully leverage the Defense Production Act to secure PPE, ventilators, and other needed resources to combat the pandemic. To date, the Trump Administration coordinated the delivery or production of billions of PPE.
  • A Plan to Slow the Spread: On March 16, 2020, President Trump announced national guidelines entitled ’15 Days to Slow the Spread’ of COVID-19. These guidelines outlined how to help slow the virus’ spread and keep our most high-risk populations safe. These were extended by ’30 Days to Slow the Spread’ through April 30. Dr. Fauci testified before this Subcommittee that those decisions saved lives.
  • A Plan to Increase Testing: On May 24, 2020, the Trump Administration released a report to Congress which built on the April 27 national testing blueprint. Through these robust national testing plans, President Trump built the world’s greatest testing apparatus from scratch. The U.S. conducted over 100 million tests in only five months.
  • A Plan to Safely Reopen the Economy: On April 16, 2020, President Trump unveiled the ‘Guidelines for Opening up American Again,’ a three-phased approach to help state and local officials reopen their economies under the direction of each state’s governor. Under this plan, President Trump is on track to rebuild the strongest economy in American history faster than predicted.
  • A Plan to Safely Reopen Schools: The scientists and physicians at the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Academies’ Committee on Guidance for K-12 Education on Responding to COVID-19 recommend schools implement policies which enable students to learn in-person. Based on the evidence and data, the CDC provided approximately hundreds of pages of realistic and workable guidance documents for schools across the country. There is no reason – following the guidelines provided – children cannot safely return to school in the fall. Further delays in returning to school only undermine educational attainment for those most vulnerable, burden parents in the middle to low income brackets, and cause untold detriment to America’s youths’ health and wellbeing.
  • A Plan to Create a Safe and Effective Vaccine: On May 15, 2020, President Trump launched Operation Warp Speed (OWS) to bring a safe and effective vaccine to the American people faster than ever before. OWS aims to deliver 300 million doses of a safe, effective vaccine for COVID-19 by January 2021, as part of a broader strategy to accelerate the development, manufacturing, and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics. By investing in and coordinating development, OWS will allow a vaccine to be delivered to patients more rapidly while adhering to standards for safety and efficacy. As of September 23, four vaccines affiliated with OWS are in Phase III trials and on track for rapid FDA approval.

This Week’s SSOCC Highlights:

On Friday, October 2, HHS Secretary Alex Azar testified before the SSOCC on the COVID-19 response. At the hearing, Republican members discussed the top five takeaways they have gleaned from their work on the Select Subcommittee over the past five months:

  1. China lied about the dangers of COVID-19 while simultaneously hoarding PPE and allowing Chinese nationals – including thousands from Wuhan – to travel abroad.
  2. The Trump Administration responded immediately to the emerging threat.
  3. President Trump made tough, but effective decisions based on the best advice of medical professionals. The President’s decisions saved hundreds of thousands of lives.
  4. The Trump Administration has led an unprecedented effort to produce and distribute PPE, create the world’s best testing infrastructure, reduce fatalities through better treatments, and create a safe and effective vaccine faster than any in human history.
  5. Democrat governors ignored guidance from the Trump Administration and sent COVID-19 positive patients back to nursing homes, resulting in tens of thousands of unnecessary deaths.
Coronavirus News of the Week:

Trump Administration Actions

President Trump Announces 150 Million Rapid Tests to be Sent to States: Last week, President Trump announced that the federal government will ship out 150 million rapid tests to states over the next few weeks, including to schools, nursing homes and assisted living facilities. President Trump is encouraging states to use the rapid tests to help start or maintain in-person teaching. The rapid tests, which deliver results in 15 minutes, would be able to test teachers and students on a weekly basis. The U.S. continues to lead the world in testing under President Trump’s leadership.

Coronavirus Headlines:

The Opinion Pages:
The Response on Social Media:

Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) wishes the President and First Lady a speedy recovery.

Republican Whip and Select Subcommittee Ranking Member Steve Scalise (R-La.) spokewith President Trump about a COVID-19 relief package.
Oversight Ranking Member James Comer (R-Ky.) calls on Democrats’ to cease undermining vaccine development.
Republican Whip and Select Subcommittee Ranking Member Steve Scalise (R-La.) lays out five facts the American people need to know about the COVID-19 pandemic.
Representative Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) underscores how China’s lies led to Americans dying.
Representative Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) reveals that Democratic governors’ ignored President Trump’s guidance, leading to more deaths within their states.
The House Rules Committee shows that Democrats denied 35 requests to extend the Paycheck Protection Program.