Americans are ready to get back to work. As of June 18, fewer than 6 percent of Americans tested each week are found to have the Coronavirus. Daily average case rates continue to fall, and all 50 states have begun reopening in a safe and responsible manner.
Small businesses are leading this comeback. During the height of the pandemic, more than 80 percent of them were forced to close temporarily as Americans helped slow the spread of COVID-19. To help these companies recover and avoid bankruptcy, state leaders must continue to follow President Trump’s Guidelines for Opening Up America Again.
The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), signed into law by President Trump in March and replenished in April, has sustained millions of small businesses and protected their employees during the pandemic. The President approved more than $670 billion for the PPP, along with $60 billion for the SBA’s Disaster Loan Program.
Vice President Mike Pence, head of the White House’s Coronavirus Task Force, traveled to Iowa earlier this week and visited Michigan today, where he toured two manufacturing companies. In May, the American manufacturing sector created 225,000 new jobs—part of the record-breaking 2.5 million jobs added last month.
“During one of the most challenging times in our Nation,” the Vice President tweeted, “it was the people who make things & the people who grow things who stepped up.”
As our economy comes back, it’s vital that we continue to work together, get people back to work, and protect our most vulnerable citizens. Regrettably, too many politicians and pundits care more about exploiting fear than about reopening our country.
After weeks of condoning mass protests and turning a blind eye to violent rioters, many Democrats are once again calling for stricter lockdowns on law-abiding residents.
Enough is enough. Working Americans stepped up when the Coronavirus struck, staying home and often losing their jobs to help slow the spread of disease. They aren’t asking for much now—only a chance to get back to work and provide for their families.