GOP Calls On Biden To Reopen Economy Before July

( Senior Republicans are calling on President Joe Biden to speed up the reopening of the economy, pushing for a faster return than the president’s July timeframe.
In the first primetime address Biden gave to the country as president last week, he said he’d order all states to make COVID-19 vaccines available to all residents by May 1. Most states prioritize people who are eligible based on a number of factors such as age and pre-existing medical conditions.
If states do that, and if the supply of vaccine hits levels that Biden has promised, the president said everything would be opened up against by July.
During his speech, he said:
“If we do this together, by July 4, there is a good chance you, your family and friends can get together in your backyard or in your neighborhood and have a cookout or a barbecue and celebrate Independence Day.
“After a long, hard year, that will make this Independence Day truly special — where we not only mark our independence as a nation, but we begin to mark our independence from this virus.”
But, many Republicans say the Biden administration is moving too slow in reopening the country. On Monday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell gave a speech on the Senate floor, saying the July 4 reopening plan goes “out of step with science.”
McConnell noted that the CDC has already updated its guidelines to say that people who are already vaccinated can gather together in small groups, and they don’t have to wear masks.
In fact, the CDC says one fully vaccinated family can meet with someone who isn’t vaccinated and still not have to wear masks. They don’t even have to quarantine after doing so.
What’s more, McConnell said the federal government doesn’t possess the authority to continue to restrict movement of the citizens of the U.S. He further stated that Biden’s statements about reopening the economy by July just go to prove that he is completely out of touch with most Americans.
McConnell said:
“One year on, if the president and his administration want to continue to give advice to free citizens, I suggest they exit the alternate universe, stick to the actual science and get acquainted with where the American people actually are.”
McConnell also didn’t miss the chance to condemn the hypocrisy that Democrats exhibited last summer when they supported the mass protests led by Black Lives Matter. At the same time as they were supporting the un-masked protests — with some attending themselves — they were calling for others to wear masks and make sure to social distance.
Some other Republicans are pushing forward with big plans for the Fourth of July, regardless of whether the country is fully open or not.
Kristi Noem, the governor of South Dakota, has plans to host a fireworks celebration over Mount Rushmore this year. She wanted to hold the celebration last year, but the National Park Services said no because of safety and health concerns.