Daines selected to sit on bipartisan White House task force to reopen America
April 17, 2020
Note: This was provided by the office of Sen. Steve Daines
U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., announced Thursday he was chosen by President Donald Trump to join a bipartisan White House Task Force to provide counsel to Trump to safely reopen America in the wake of COVID-19.
“I am honored to be selected by President Trump to serve on this historic task force to safely reopen America,” Daines said. “We can prioritize our public health and our workers, families and small businesses. Let’s get this done for Montana and America.”
He said in a live Facebook event Wednesday that removing contact restrictions across the country has to keep health in mind, and noted that in the Spanish flu epidemic in 1918 that a second wave of the flu in the fall of that year was the deadliest part of the epidemic.
“We have to continue to do our part to slow the spread as we work on solutions, to re-open this economy, that continue to prioritize public health,” he said.
Daines is campaigning for re-election and faces John Driscoll of Helena and Daniel Larson of Stevensville in the Republican primary election.
Trump has endorsed Daines in the election.
One of Daines’ top priorities during the coronavirus outbreak has been to accelerate the development and manufacturing of drugs to treat and prevent coronavirus. Daines will be bringing his work on this front to the Task Force.
Havre Daily News staff contributed to this report.