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Heritage Convenes Conservatives For Citizen Coronavirus Recovery Commission

National Coronavirus Recovery
Kay Cole James, President of The Heritage Foundation, the nation's premier conservative think tank, yesterday announced that it is convening a National Coronavirus Recovery Committee bringing together experts in medicine, economics, government, business, and human behavior to advise the White House, Congress and state and local governments as they chart a way forward from the economic, healthcare and human consequences of the COVID-19 epidemic.

In an email to CHQ, a spokesperson for the Heritage Foundation said experts on the commission will bring their specialized experience and expertise to chart out the path to best navigate our nation through this crisis to determine when and how to begin to get Americans’ lives “back to normal” again. The commission’s work will consider two primary categories — crisis mitigation as well as recovery and restoration — and answer important questions that will serve as a roadmap to America’s post-pandemic future.

“Good public health policy is good economic policy,” said Heritage President Kay C. James. “Saving lives and saving livelihoods are part of the same road to recovery that we need to pursue today. A physically healthy America is an economically strong America, so we need to think of them in concert rather than as competing priorities.”

In keeping with the Committee mission, the Heritage Foundation has created a form for submitting ideas online, and is already seeing recommendations come in from leaders, business owners and conservative activists all across country. Each of the recommendations is being reviewed for inclusion in the final report (which will be made available to the public).

Mrs. James, who served as the director for the United States Office of Personnel Management under George W. Bush, will chair the Committee, other Committee members include:

The Honorable George Allen
Former Governor and U.S. Senator, Commonwealth of Virginia

John A. Allison IV
Retired Chairman and CEO, BB&T; Retired President and CEO, Cato Institute

Lawrence J. Blanford
President & CEO, Green Mountain Coffee (Retired); Member, Board of Directors, Steelcase Inc.

Kevin P. Chavous
President of Academics, Policy, and Schools, at K12.com; Former Education Committee Chair of the Council of the District of Columbia

Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D.
Founder and Former President of The Heritage Foundation

The Honorable Timothy E. Flanigan
Chief Legal Officer, Cancer Treatment Centers of America

The Honorable William H. Frist, M.D.
Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader; Chairman of the Executive Council of Cressey & Company

Noe Landini
Managing Director, Junction Bakery & Bistro

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez
President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

The Honorable Nelson J. Sabatini
Managing Director, Berkeley Research Group; Former Secretary of Health, State of Maryland

Joni Eareckson Tada
Founder and CEO, Joni and Friends International Disability Center

The Honorable Frances F. Townsend
Executive Vice President, MacAndrews and Forbes Holdings, LLC

Brig. Gen. Richard J. Tubb, M.D.
Retired Brigadier General; White House Physician Emeritus

The Honorable J.C. Watts
Former Member of U.S. House of Representatives; Founder & Chairman, J.C. Watts Companies

The Honorable Gail Wilensky, Ph.D.
Economist and Senior Fellow, Project HOPE

Robert L. Woodson Sr.
Founder and President, Woodson Center

The Committee staff will include:

Paul Winfree, Executive Director

Charmaine Yoest, Executive Director

Rob Bluey, Spokesman

The National Coronavirus Recovery Commission will carefully examine decisions that policymakers are making that significantly impact the scope of this crisis and the duration of social restrictions, economic hardship, recovery, and the potential permanent effects.

The commission’s initial meeting is scheduled for April 9 with additional videoconferences through the month of April. At the conclusion of the commission’s meetings, the reports from each discussion will be compiled into a final report for the American people and their policymakers.

“Americans are confronting one of the greatest challenges of their lifetime and they are seeking answers for how we navigate through this crisis and toward recovery,” said Rob Bluey, spokesman for the commission. “This commission will gather ideas from experts and the general public for consideration. We welcome contributions from the American people to make sure all ideas are considered and the best recommendations are ultimately made to our leaders.”

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