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200 Legislators Urge Trump and Governors To ‘Safely Reopen American Society’

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Over 200 legislators from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) signed onto a letter Thursday urging both President Donald Trump and state governors to “safely reopen American society” as the coronavirus pandemic continues to threaten American jobs and businesses.

Over the last six weeks, nearly 30 million Americans applied for unemployment insurance as thousands of businesses continue to shut their doors unable to sustain operations with sweeping stay-at-home orders still in place in many states.

The group includes dozens of state legislators along with Tea Party Patriots, FreedomWorks, and R Street Institute.

“We need to safely open state economies and restart the American economic engine that was firing on all cylinders prior to the pandemic,” said Jonathan Williams, ALEC Executive Vice President of Policy and Chief Economist. “To expedite our national economic recovery, policymakers should embrace proven free market methods to enhance our competitiveness such as tax relief, deregulation and lawsuit reform. This approach will protect our communities and get America safely back to work.”

The letter emphasizes the need for the country to restore American principles, including limiting the federal government’s power over its citizens. Further, it advocates for “tax relief, deregulation, and lawsuit reform.”

The Trump administration recently released a phased model that state legislators can choose to adopt when they’re ready to reopen their economies, which ALEC’s supporters say is key to maintaining our country’s system of federalism.

States implementing harsh enforcement measures in their efforts to slow the spread of the virus, such as ‘arresting, fining, or harassing’ citizens, the group argues, are violating citizens’ “constitutional protections.”

“For the first time in American history, a national crisis is being addressed through decentralization — with a focus on federalism,” said ALEC CEO Lisa B. Nelson. “One size does not fit all, and we urge the President and our nation’s governors to return society to normal as quickly as possible using the approach and criteria that best fits their circumstances.”

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White House Confirms It Is Looking Into Shutting Down Oil Pipeline Amid Fuel Crisis

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The Biden administration confirmed that it is considering shutting down an oil pipeline in Michigan despite the ongoing fuel crisis in the country.

“Revoking the permits for the [Line 5] pipeline that delivers oil from western Canada across Wisconsin, the Great Lakes and Michigan and into Ontario, would please environmentalists who have urged the White House to block fossil fuel infrastructure, but it would aggravate a rift with Canada and could exacerbate a spike in energy prices that Republicans are already using as a political weapon,” Politico Pro reported. “Killing a pipeline while U.S. gasoline prices are the highest in years could be political poison for Biden, who has seen his approval rating crash in recent months.”

Fox News reporter Peter Doocy asked about the report during Monday’s press briefing, asking, “why is the administration now considering shutting down the Line 5 pipeline from Canada to Michigan?”

“So, Peter, that is inaccurate,” Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre claimed. “That is not right. So, any reporting indicating that some decision has been made, again, is not accurate. … So, again, I would — it is inaccurate what you just stated, but —”

“What’s inaccurate?” Doocy asked.

“The reporting about us wanting to shut down the Line 5,” Jean-Pierre said.

“I didn’t say ‘wanting.’  I said, is it being studied right now?  Is the administration studying the impact of shutting down the Line 5?”

“Yeah. Yes, we are. We are,” Jean-Pierre admitted.

 

The news comes as gas prices have reached their highest since 2014, when Biden was vice president, and are currently about 50% higher than they were when Biden entered office.

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