Video of an empty downtown Reno March 29, 2020. Reno Gazette Journal
Nevada’s junior U.S. senator touts ‘commonsense, bipartisan solutions’
U.S. Sen. Jacky Rosen has joined President Donald Trump’s latest effort to restart a national economy stalled by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Rosen — a Democrat from Henderson and past member of the bipartisan Problem Solvers caucus — confirmed her appointment to the Congressional Task Force to Reopen America in a Thursday statement that highlighted her past attempts to reach colleagues across the aisle.
“Nevada is one of the states whose economy has been hit hardest by the coronavirus crisis,” Rosen said. “We must work together, not only to overcome this pandemic, but to plan for what comes next. Our small business owners and workers are facing unprecedented challenges and we must work to alleviate the incredible financial strains they are experiencing.
“In the Senate, I have worked time and time again for commonsense, bipartisan solutions that put working families first. As a member of this task force, I will bring Nevada’s voice to the table as we work to protect the health and well-being of our country.”
Rosen is one of nine Senate Democrats reportedly invited to participate on the panel, and the only member of Nevada’s congressional delegation who was asked to join.
Her office confirmed the task force held its first call on Thursday morning.
Trump’s task force was formed one day after governors in at least 10 states — among them California, Oregon, Washington and New York — announced plans to kickstart regional economies devastated by coronavirus-related travel and social distancing protocols.
Gov. Steve Sisolak is yet to unveil a similar effort, and has not ruled out extending last month’s statewide shutdown of schools, casinos and other nonessential businesses.
Sisolak on Tuesday told reporters that he planned to take a “slow and steady” approach to reopening Silver State businesses first shuttered on March 17.
James DeHaven is the politics reporter for the Reno Gazette Journal. He covers campaigns, the Nevada Legislature and everything in between. Support his work by subscribing to RGJ.com right here.
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