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 Fact of the Week:

Coronavirus Quote of the Week:

“Governors made mistakes, they made big mistakes. Certain governors made big mistakes, put people into nursing homes that shouldn’t have been there that were heavily infected. And it spread no different than spreading in a larger area,” President Trump said in a recent interview.

Bogus Narrative of the Week:

This week’s bogus narrative comes straight from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. In response to efforts to investigate his deadly nursing home order, the governor has resorted to name-calling and trying to spin the issue as a “shiny object.” This should and has incensed those who have lost loved ones in NY.

Why it’s false:

More on nursing homes:
This Week’s SSOCC Highlights:Last Monday, all five Republican members of the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, sent letters to the governors of five states that forced nursing homes to take in COVID-positive patients as part of their pandemic response.

The letters, which Select Subcommittee Democrats declined to sign, were sent to the governors of five states: Andrew Cuomo of New York, Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, Gavin Newsom of California, Phil Murphy of New Jersey, and Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania.

“The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected the elderly, especially those living in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities,” the letters read. “We write seeking information, at a granular level, about the science and information used to inform your decision to mandate nursing homes and long-term care facilities admit untested and contagious COVID-19 patients from hospitals.”

At Thursday’s virtual hearing of the Select Subcommittee, Ranking Member Scalise once again called on Democrats to hold those governors accountable:

Coronavirus News of the Week:
Headlines:
Awesome Coronavirus Article of the Week:
(New York Post)
Coronavirus Public Health Update:
  • There have been over 2.2 million cases and over 119,000 deaths in the United States, as reported by Johns Hopkins. There have been over 8.9 million cases and over 468,000 deaths worldwide.
  • The total number of cases in the US has begun to increase again though the number of deaths continues to fall. The death rate lags behind the case rate, so it’s possible the number of deaths may begin increasing in the weeks ahead.
  • Gilead will test an inhaled version of remdesivir, which would make the drug easier to administer. It’s currently given as an infusion. Remdesivir is the only treatment to have received authorization from the FDA for COVID–19 and has been shown to shorten recovery times.
  • Almost 30,000 volunteers have said they are willing to be infected with the virus as part of human challenge studies that could speed up research on potential vaccines, according to Bloomberg.
  • Arizona, Texas, and Florida continue to report record-high case countsYounger people account for a larger share of new infections.
  • The University of Washington IHME model now projects over 200,000 deaths in the US by October 1.
  • A study found those aged under 20 years are roughly half as susceptible to COVID-19 infection as those over 20 years of age, and that 79% of infections are asymptomatic in 10-19-year-olds, compared with 31% in those over 70 years of age. According to the study, the results imply school closures may be less effective in mitigating COVID-19 transmission than for other respiratory infections.
Republicans’ message for the real world:
As we continue to forge ahead with safely reopening America’s economy, we have to ensure that avoidable tragedies like the orders forcing coronavirus patients back into nursing homes do not happen again. This is why the governors who issued these deadly orders should come and answer questions about why they were issued in the first place. As Ranking Member Scalise and Rep. Tom Reed explained in a Washington Examiner op-ed last week:“We are making remarkable progress against COVID-19, but the devastating toll the virus has already taken on nursing home residents demands more action and more leadership. We owe the generations that came before us (the veterans who stormed the beaches of Normandy, the men and women who built post-war America) so much.

“It is our duty to now ensure that every corner of the country has the plans, procedures, and infrastructure in place to best protect our nation’s grandmothers and grandfathers.”

The Response on Social Media:

Ranking Member Scalise breaks down the facts on Democrat Governors’ deadly nursing home orders:

Fox’s Janice Dean called out Governor Cuomo for trying to shift the blame:
Rep. Elise Stefanik took Cuomo to task for diminishing the avoidable tragedy he created:
Select Subcommittee member Mark Green urged Democrats to stop playing politics with America’s economic recovery:
Oversight Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan reminded everyone on the Select Subcommittee of how strong America’s economy was before lockdown, and how strong it’s going to be once reopened:
Other Coronavirus Activity This week:Monday, June 22, 2020

House Education and Labor Committee
“Inequities Exposed: How COVID-19 Widened Racial Inequities in Education, Health, and the Workforce.”

House Committee on Armed Services
H.R. 6395 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 – Subcommittee on Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities, Subcommittee on Strategic Forces

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee
“Hearings to examine COVID-19, focusing on lessons learned to prepare for the next pandemic.”

House Committee on Armed Services
H.R. 6395 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 – Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee, Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel, Readiness Subcommittee, Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces

House Committee on Appropriations
Member Day Testimony for FY21 Appropriations

House Committee on Energy and Commerce
“Oversight of the Trump Administration’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic”

House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs
VA Telehealth During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Expansion and Impact – House Veterans’ Affairs – Subcommittee on Technology Modernization

House Committee on Ways and Means
The Child Care Crisis and the Coronavirus Pandemic – Worker and Family Support Subcommittee

House Committee on The Budget
Health and Wealth Inequality in America: How COVID-19 Makes Clear the Need for Change

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee 
“Hearings to examine the impact of COVID-19 on mineral supply chains, focusing on the role of those supply chains in economic and national security, and challenges and opportunities to rebuild America’s supply chains.”

Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee 
“Hearings to examine the role of the strategic national stockpile in pandemic response.”

House Committee on Energy and Commerce
“A Country in Crisis: How Disinformation Online Is Dividing the Nation” – Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee

House Committee on the Judiciary
Oversight of the Department of Justice: Political Interference and Threats to Prosecutorial Independence

House Small Business Committee 
“An Overview of the Dynamic Between the Defense Production Act and Small Contractors”

Thursday, June 25, 2020

House Oversight Committee 
“Frontline Feds: Serving the Public During a Pandemic”

House Judiciary Committee 
“Federal Courts During the Covid-19 Pandemic: Best Practices, Opportunities for Innovation, and Lessons for the Future”

House Ways and Means Committee 
“Hearing on Examining the COVID-19 Nursing Home Crisis”

House Financial Services Committee 
“Capital Markets and Emergency Lending in the COVID-19 Era”

House Committee on Natural Resources
Legislative Hearing on H.R. 1776, H.R. 2264, H.R. 2492, H.R. 2871, H.R. 3937, H.R. 6761 – Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife

Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee 
“An oversight hearing to examine Customs and Border Protection, focusing on evolving challenges facing the agency.”

Friday, June 26, 2020

House Oversight Committee 
“Accountability in Crisis: GAO’s Recommendations to Improve the Federal Coronavirus Response”