(USA Features) House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes said calls to keep the country virtually on lockdown through the end of April to stop the spread of coronavirus is “way overkill” destined to destroy the economy.
Nunes, California Republican, talked about the potential ramifications of extending social distancing guidelines through the end of April, as President Donald Trump recommended this week, during an appearance on “The Ingraham Angle” with Sen. John Barasso (R-Wyoming) Tuesday.
In talking about former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb’s public health plan, host Laura Ingraham said it would mean that Americans “can’t go back to a normal life” for a year.
“Yeah, that’s not going to work. … The schools were just canceled out here in California, which is way overkill,” Nunes responded. “It’s possible kids could’ve went back to school in two weeks to four weeks, but they just canceled the rest of the schools. So, look: I’m optimistic here.”
Nunes also offered praise for Trump administration efforts to find a treatment and cure for COVID-19.
“I think that the drugs that are on the market now — look how quick we were able to get this approved, this new malaria drug,” the lawmaker said.
“There’s a lot of optimism here that we have in some of these drugs that are coming online. The vaccines are going to take a while, but look: We have this bill that we just passed last week, $2.2 trillion worth. We have to focus on keeping people employed,” he continued.
“If we don’t start to get people back to work in this country over the next week to two weeks, I don’t believe we can wait until, you know, the end of April,” Nunes said.
“I just don’t know of any economy that’s ever survived where you unplug the entire economy and expect things to go back and be normal,” he warned. “The more tests that are out there, the more people that are getting testing, let’s learn about the treatments.”