President Trump Names Portman to Opening Up America Again Congressional Group

April 16, 2020 | Press Releases

CINCINNATI, OH – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) was honored to be selected by President Donald J. Trump to serve on the Opening Up America Again Congressional Group which is comprised of senators and members of the House of Representatives. The purpose of the group is to provide counsel to the president on reopening America in the wake of COVID-19. Portman released the following statement:

“I believe it’s important for the president and his team of medical experts to get a wide range of advice and counsel as we work with state and local officials, employers, and other stakeholders to reopen the American economy safely.  I’m happy to serve in this capacity and provide my view on the most important factors we must consider in this process.

“First and foremost, as I’ve been saying for weeks, any effort to reopen the country must center around access to diagnostic testing. We need to have widespread testing in place to develop and track the necessary metrics that show the scope of pandemic and show folks all across America when it’s safe to reopen our schools and go back to work. The biggest hurdle for this task force will be giving the American people the confidence that, if they do go back into the workplace or go back into places where people gather, it will be safe. And that’s why I think testing is absolutely crucial: it has the ability to help us form objective science-based decisions. The American economy was incredibly robust prior to this crisis and, once it is safe to do so, we will be able to rebuild our economy on that strong foundation.”

NOTE: Portman has written op-eds for the Cincinnati Enquirer, Cleveland Plain Dealer, and jointly with Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in the Washington Examiner making the case that in order to restore our economic health, we must first accelerate the public health response, significantly expand our testing capability, and develop a credible system of metrics to measure success in combating the coronavirus.