By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
All three of Wyoming’s congressional lawmakers will sit on a task force dedicated to reopening the economy following the coronavirus pandemic, according to a news release issued Thursday.
U.S. Sens. Mike Enzi and John Barrasso and U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney were all invited to be part of the bipartisan group of lawmakers selected by President Donald Trump to take part in his “Congressional Economic Task Force.”
In an e-mail sent to congressional offices on Thursday, the White House told lawmakers they were selected to serve on the committee “to provide counsel to the president on the reopening of America in the wake of covid-19.”
All three lawmakers said they were happy to serve on the group.
“I look forward to working with my colleagues and the Trump administration on this task force to address when and how we can begin to restart our economy,” Enzi said in the news release. “This virus has closed businesses, which in turn lay off employees. It has closed schools. It has changed every aspect of our daily lives – and it has left people isolated. Getting our economy back on track will be critical, but it is important that sacrifices we have already made are not in vain.”
“Americans have made incredible sacrifices to get us to the point where we can start discussions in earnest about reopening our country. I see that unity every day in Wyoming,” Barrasso said. “The president has asked me – and I have agreed – to serve on the task force to reopen America. I have talked with my Senate colleagues and will continue to convey their views from across the country as we get ready to reopen. I have every confidence we will get this right.”
Just a few of the other lawmakers on the task force include former presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise.
“I am honored to be asked to join President Trump’s congressional task force, and look forward to serving with Sen. Enzi, Sen. Barrasso and a number of my colleagues in Congress,” Rep. Liz Cheney said. “There is much at stake as we work to defeat the virus and restore our economy. Expanded testing, access to personal protective equipment, and accelerated research and development of therapeutics and vaccines will be key elements in getting America working again. I am confident we will defeat the virus and restore our economy if we work together, across party lines, and I am pleased this is a bipartisan task force. Americans have overcome every challenge we have faced, and we will overcome this one.”