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Conservative Leaders Stand With 'Get America Back To Work' Governors

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With over 26 million Americans out of work and millions more underemployed America’s unemployment rate stands at over 18 percent. The government enforced lockdown of America’s economy has achieved the goal of “flattening the curve” and demonstrated that hygiene and social distancing are not incompatible with resuming most forms of economic activity.

To that end, the conservative leaders of the Conservative Action Project, including President Reagan’s Attorney General Edwin Meese III, CAP Chairman Alfred S. Regnery, Thomas Fitton, President of Judicial Watch, Kelly J. Shackelford, Esq., Chairman, CNP Action, Inc. and President and CEO, First Liberty Institute, Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council, former Senator Jim DeMint, Chairman, Conservative Partnership Institute, former Rep. David McIntosh, President of the Club for Growth, and Jenny Beth Martin, Chairman, Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund have released a statement in support of those conservative Governors who have announced the reopening of economic activity in the their states.

The statement says in part, “Americans have shown they are resilient and responsible. But as this pandemic comes to an end, they must be allowed to exercise their constitutional rights and return to daily life. We thank and support the states that are turning in this direction.”

The full text of the statement and list of signers follows:

April 23, 2020

Washington, DC

In response to public health guidance from the White House, governors in Georgia, Texas, Mississippi, Florida, South Carolina, Alaska, and Tennessee have begun announcing phased re-openings of their states and communities, allowing people to choose to return to work, go shopping, purchase services, and attend religious services, and once again exercise their rights and judgments as citizens. We applaud the thoughtful leadership of these governors.

In Georgia, Gov. Brian Kemp has announced that some businesses, including gyms and hair salons, will be permitted to reopen, and elective surgeries can resume on April 24. Restaurants and theaters can re-open on April 27.

In Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott re-opened state parks on April 20, and stores can begin offering “retail to go” starting April 24. Texas residents may also resume attending religious services.

In Mississippi, Gov. Tate Reeves has allowed nonessential businesses to do curbside pickup, delivery, and drive-through service, and is considering permitting businesses to re-open on April 27.

In Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis opened beaches for walking, biking, hiking, fishing, and running in parts of the state on April 17, and will soon issue a plan to safely re-open the entire state.

In South Carolina, Gov. Henry McMaster is permitting some beaches and retail stores to re-open, including department stores and bookstores.

In Alaska, Gov. Mike Dunleavy is permitting restaurants, retail stores, and non-essential businesses to re-open while following “rigorous health and safety standards.”

In Tennessee, Gov. Bill Lee said the “vast majority” of businesses may re-open on May 1.

Americans mobilized quickly in the face of the COVID19 outbreak, and through their efforts, prevented the spread of the disease and the overwhelming of hospital facilities. But now, it is time to allow the country to re-open, so that the public health response does not result in even more damage and fatalities from sustained financial ruin.

Public opinion polling also reflects this. According to polling done by Scott Rasmussen, Americans are increasingly ready for society to open back up again. Fifty percent of voters say that a top priority when the lockdown ends should be letting people gather in small groups at a friend’s house. Many voters polled also emphasized reopening churches and retail stores.

We echo the efforts of the House Freedom Caucus and other national leaders who are urging states to responsibly permit their citizens to return to work and reject the growing number of unconstitutional mandates that trample on civil liberties that remain essential, even in a crisis.

Americans have shown they are resilient and responsible. But as this pandemic comes to an end, they must be allowed to exercise their constitutional rights and return to daily life. We thank and support the states that are turning in this direction.

(Organizations listed for identification purposes only.)

The Honorable Edwin Meese III
Attorney General
President Ronald Reagan (1985-1988)

Alfred S. Regnery
Chairman, Conservative Action Project
Chairman, Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund

The Honorable Becky Norton Dunlop
White House Advisor
President Ronald Reagan (1981-1985)

The Honorable Morton C. Blackwell
The Leadership Institute

Myron Ebell
Director, Center for Energy and Environment,
Competitive Enterprise Institute

Lisa B. Nelson
Chief Executive Officer
American Legislative Exchange Council

Thomas Fitton
Judicial Watch, Inc.

Kelly J. Shackelford, Esq.
Chairman, CNP Action, Inc.
President and CEO, First Liberty Institute

The Honorable Tony Perkins
Family Research Council

Cleta Mitchell, Esq.
Foley & Lardner LLP

The Honorable Jim DeMint
Chairman, Conservative Partnership Institute
Member, US Senate (SC 2005-2013)

Ed Corrigan
Vice Chairman, Conservative Action Project &
President, Conservative Partnership Institute

Jenny Beth Martin
Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund

L. Brent Bozell, III
Founder and President
Media Research Center

he Honorable David McIntosh
Club for Growth

Scott T. Parkinson
VP for Government Affairs
Club for Growth

Tom McClusky
March for Life Action

The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell
National Leadership Council
Save Our Country Coalition

The Honorable T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr.
Chief Domestic Advisor
President Ronald Reagan (1987-1988)

The Honorable Donald Paul Hodel
U.S. Secretary of Energy (1982-1985)
U.S. Secretary of Interior (1985-1989)

William L. Walton
Council for National Policy

David Bozell

Noah Wall
Vice President of Advocacy

The Honorable Matt Schlapp
American Conservative Union (ACU)

Christopher Malagisi
Executive Director of Outreach
Hillsdale College

Penny Y. Nance
President & CEO
Concerned Women for America

The Honorable Bob McEwen
U.S. House of Representatives
Former Member, Ohio

Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin (Ret.)
Executive Vice President
Family Research Council

The Honorable James C. Miller III
Budget Director for President Reagan, 1985-1988

Craig Shirley
Reagan Biographer
Presidential Historian

Ron Robinson
Young America's Foundation

Trent England
Executive Director
Save Our States

Mat Staver
Founder and Chairman
Liberty Counsel

The Honorable Donald J. Devine
Ronald Reagan Director of U.S. Office of Personnel Management
The Fund for American Studies

Joseph A. Morris
Attorney and Partner, Morris & De La Rosa &
Former Assistant U.S. Attorney General (Reagan / Meese)

Kevin Freeman
NSIC Institute

The Honorable Gary L. Bauer
American Values

Dr. Rick Scarborough
Recover America Now

The Honorable Tom DeLay
Former Majority Leader
U.S. House of Representatives

Norman Singleton
Campaign for Liberty

Jim Backlin
Vice President of Legislative Affairs
Christian Coalition

Jay Mount
MDS Communications Corporation

Terry Schilling
Executive Director
American Principles Project

Richard Manning
Americans for Limited Government

Rob Chambers
Vice President
AFA Action

Amapola Hansberger
Legal Immigrants for America

Glenn Preston Story
President & Co-Founder
Patriot Mobile

Karen England
Executive Director,
Capitol Resource Institute & Nevada Family Alliance

Eaton Hopkins
Liberty Surgical

Daniel McCarthy
Senate Candidate Arizona
MakeUp Eraser

Paavo Ensio
Universal Minerals Group

Steve Berger
Grace Chapel

Eric Georgatos
Executive Producer
America Can We Talk?

Mark Stuhlreyer
Contingent Holdings, LLC

Michelle Easton
Clare Boothe Luce Center for Conservative Women

Chad Connelly
Faith Wins

Richard D. Hayes
Hayes Berry White & Vanzant LLP

Kirk Uhler
Executive Director
National Tax Limitation Committee

Seton Motley
Less Government

Gary Marx
The Concord Fund

Anne Schlafly Cori
Eagle Forum

Lee Beaman
Beaman Automotive Group

Benjamin R. Case

Floyd Brown
The Western Journal

Reverend Gregory Quinlan
The Center for Garden State Families

Kay R. Daly
Coalition for a Fair Judiciary

James L. Martin
60 Plus Association

Martha Boneta
Vote America First

Saulius "Saul" Anuzis
60 Plus Association

Anthony Saliba

Sandy Rios
Director of Governmental Affairs

Marlin Sharp
Field Director
STAND Foundation, Inc.

Richard H. Wright
R & S

Tim LeFever
Capitol Resource Institute

The Honorable George K. Rasley Jr.
Managing Editor

Dr. Mark Smith
Columbia International University

The Honorable Penny Pullen
Former Illinois State Legislator
Illinois General Assembly

Ed Martin
Phyllis Schlafly Eagles

Charlie Copeland
Intercollegiate Studies Institute

Rebekah Gantner
Executive Director,
Eagle Forum Education & Legal Defense Fund

Jeff Hunt
Centennial Institute

Judson Phillips
Tea Party Nation

Bob Carlstrom
AMAC Action

Marc Little
Center for Urban Renewal and Education

Elaine Donnelly
Center for Military Readiness

Richard Norman
Founder and President
The Richard Norman Company

William Shaker
Washington Marketing Group

William P. Mills, III
Member, Executive Member
Council for National Policy

Dr. Jerome R. Corsi, Ph.D.
Founder and CEO

Dr. Paige Patterson
Sandy Creek Foundation

Allen Hebert
American-Chinese Fellowship of Houston

Melissa Ortiz

Willes K. Lee
National Federation of Republican Assemblies

Jack Park
Conservative Activist and Donor
Law Offices of Jack Park

Peggy Dau

The Honorable Peter Thomas
The Conservative Caucus

Gerard Kassar
State Chairman
NYS Conservative Party

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