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:

Moderna has started final-stage trials of a coronavirus vaccine candidate and plans to enroll 30,000 people to study the vaccine’s protection against COVID-19. In early trials, the vaccine’s results have shown safety and produced an antibody response.

This is huge news. The Trump Administration has led a historic push to develop a safe and effective vaccine on an unheard-of timeline and has assured the United States remains the global leader in medical research and development.

Coronavirus Quote of the Week:

“Our strategy to safely reopen schools mirrors our approach nationwide. As we race toward the completion of a vaccine and therapeutics, the responsible path is to shelter those at highest risk, while allowing those at lower risk — much lower, in the case of young children — to resume work and school and — as long as everyone practices vigilant hygiene and social distancing.” — President Trump in remarks at the White House on July 23rd

Bogus Narrative of the Week:

Democrats cynically attacked President Trump on his evidence-based push to reopen schools this fall because “He ignored the science” and “is “Desperate . . . to save his reelection.”

Why it’s false:

Democrats are the ones who need to pay listen to the science. As argued by four professors at the Harvard School of Public Health, “Listen to the science and reopen schools.”

The science says:

Just last week, the CDC released new guidance for reopening schools that includes considerations and advice such as:
  • “One important strategy that administrators can consider is cohorting (or ‘pods’), where a group of students (and sometimes teachers) stay together throughout the school day to minimize exposure for students, teachers, and staff across the school environment.”
  • “Arrival and drop-off times or locations by cohort or put in place other protocols to limit contact between cohorts and direct contact with parents as much as possible.”
  • “Physical distancing within buses, classrooms and other areas of the school.”
  • “A single case of COVID-19 in a school would not likely warrant closing the entire school, especially if levels of community transmission are not high,”
  • “Increase circulation of outdoor air as much as possible, for example by opening windows and doors.”

This Week’s SSOCC Highlights:

The Select Subcommittee will hold a hearing this Friday, July 31 at 9:00 a.m ET, on “The Urgent Need for a National Plan to Contain the Coronavirus.” Witnesses will include Trump Administration officials: Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health; Robert R. Redfield, M.D., Director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); and Admiral Brett P. Giroir, M.D., Assistant Secretary for Health at the Department of Health and Human Services.

Coronavirus News of the Week:

Coronavirus Headlines:

Uplifting news of the week:
The Opinion Pages:
Coronavirus Public Health Update:
  • There have been over 4.2 million cases and over 147,000 deaths in the United States, as reported by Johns Hopkins. There have been over 16 million cases and over 650,000 deaths worldwide.
  • The number of cases nationwide has begun to level off. The number of deaths reported each day is increasing.
  • The US is now performing around 800,000 COVID-19 tests per day. Growth in the nationwide positivity rate, or percentage of tests coming back positive results, has begun to decline — another hopeful sign though in some states the positivity rate remains near 20%.
The Response on Social Media:

Select Subcommittee member Rep. Mark Green brought the heat to House Democrats for failing to hold China accountable despite lying about coronavirus, hoarding PPE, and trying to steal our vaccine research.

Rep. Luetkemeyer also took to Twitter to emphasize that border security is health security. Democrats’ “No Ban Act” is playing games with Americans’ security and Americans’ health.

Republican Whip and Ranking Member of the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis Steve Scalise hasn’t given up the pressure on Governor Cuomo for his deadly “must admit” nursing home order and the ensuing cover-up.

Whip Steve Scalise made a strong case for Republicans’ focus on reopening our schools and rebuilding our economy in upcoming relief legislation.

Whip Scalise also used this moment to demonstrate how important school choice is: if your child’s school won’t reopen, you should be able to send your child to a school that will safely reopen. Americans’ tax dollars shouldn’t be going to schools unwilling to utilize the available science to reopen.

Other Coronavirus Activity This week:

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee: Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Subcommittee
“Experiences of Vulnerable Populations During Disaster.” (10 a.m. ET)

House Rules Committee
“H.R. 7617—Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2021 [Defense, Commerce, Justice, Science, Energy and Water Development, Financial Services and General Government, Homeland Security, Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations Act, 2021]” (11 a.m. ET)

Joint Economic Committee
“Hearings to examine reducing uncertainty and restoring confidence during the Coronavirus recession.” (POSTPONED)

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

House Veterans’ Affairs Committee: Health Subcommittee
“Who’s in Charge? Examining Oversight of State Veterans Homes During the COVID-19 Pandemic” (10 a.m. ET)

House Small Business Committee: Rural Development, Agriculture, Trade, and Entrepreneurship Subcommittee
“Kick Starting Entrepreneurship and Main Street Economic Recovery” (10 a.m. ET)

House Energy and Commerce Committee: Health Subcommittee
“Improving Access to Care: Legislation to Reauthorize Key Public Health Programs” (10 a.m. ET)

Thursday, July 30, 2020

House Financial Service Committee
“Protecting Consumers During the Pandemic? An Examination of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau” (12:30 p.m. ET)

Friday, July 31, 2020

House Oversight and Reform Committee: Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis
“The Urgent Need for a National Plan to Contain the Coronavirus” (9:00 a.m. ET)