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Economist Stephen MooreStephen MooreCongress set for messy COVID-19 talks on tight deadline Sunday shows - Coronavirus relief, stimulus talks dominate Stephen Moore: Republicans need to focus on negotiating with Pelosi on coronavirus stimulus MORE on Sunday called for “no more lockdowns” and “no more shutting down businesses” as  many states across the country experience a surge in coronavirus cases.


“We are seeing a recovery,” Moore, a staunch ally of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nomination to be held in private: report Graham defends Trump on TikTok, backs Microsoft purchase Federal appeals court rejects Stormy Daniels libel case against Trump MORE, told radio host John Catsimatidis on Sunday WABC 770 AM.

Moore added that said economic recovery is happening, but “not quite as rapidly as I would like.”

The economist's comments come after the nation's economy has struggled in the past months, showing unsteady improvement in some areas, and devastation in others.

The U.S. stock market showed mixed results Friday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average opening with a loss of more than 100 points, roughly a 0.5 percent loss. The S&P 500 was roughly even with its Thursday close. However, the Nasdaq rose 0.9 percentage points as tech companies like Facebook and Amazon reported soaring profits. 

However, the Department of Commerce reported this week that the nation's gross domestic product endured a record decline this week during the second quarter, and the Department of Labor reported a second consecutive week of over 1 million unemployment claims.  

The comments also come as a large number of of states in the south and western parts of the U.S. continue to see large spikes in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, prompting governors to reinstate closures and some social distancing measures. 

“But every single week we’re seeing more and more people get into the workforce. We’ve got to get America back up and running,” Moore said. “No more lockdowns. No more shutting down businesses.”

Moore also remarked that lockdowns “didn’t work the first time. It won’t work the second time.”

The states currently experiencing surges, with the exception of California, underwent short lockdown periods before reopening, and some public health experts say states like Texas, Florida and Arizona, three states that have been hardest by the surge, opened too early.

Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus task force coordinator, said states currently experiencing surges "stepped on the gas" while lifting lockdown restrictions.

Lawmakers from either side of the aisle continue to butt heads over the amount of funding that will be provided in the next coronavirus relief legislation. Republicans introduced a bill this week that is a roughly $1 trillion package. However, Democratic leadership argues the amount is too small, pushing a sum closer to the bill passed by House Democrats in May, about $3 trillion. 

Moore said that House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden calls on Trump, Congress to enact an emergency housing program Here are top contenders to be Biden's VP Sunday shows preview: White House, Democratic leaders struggle for deal on coronavirus bill MORE (D-Calif.), who is facing reelection in November herself, wants to hurt the economy “because [the Democrats] want to win” the presidential election. 

“One of the things I’ve been advising the President [is] … go around Pelosi … as much as you can, Mr. President, through executive action, and then force Pelosi to try to stop you from doing it,” Moore said. 

John Catsimatidis is an investor in The Hill.

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1,319 More Coronavirus Cases, 1 Death Reported In Illinois

CHICAGO — Another 1,319 people tested positive for coronavirus during the past day in Illinois, officials announced Monday.

That’s a drop after last week saw multiple days where there were more than 2,000 coronavirus cases reported — but Mondays often seen lower numbers due to slower reporting.

There have now been 195,399 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Illinois. The state’s seven-day positivity rate is at 4.1 percent.

One person was also reported to have died from coronavirus during the past day, bringing Illinois’ death toll to 7,637 people.

As of Sunday night, 1,481 people were hospitalized with coronavirus in Illinois, including 352 people in the ICU and 138 people on ventilators.

Dr. Ngozi Ezike, head of the Illinois Department of Public Health, said Sunday people need to continue to wash their hands, practice social distancing and wear masks. And they need to take it seriously, she said, as she announced the total number of COVID-19 deaths in the state.

“That’s a cold, hard fact,” she said of the number. “Ask the doctors and nurses who fought to save their lives. Ask their families.”

Ezike was one of a host of medical experts Gov. JB Pritzker gathered at Northwestern Hospital to help him push for the proposed rule change, which allows local municipalities to issue warnings and fines to mask-flouting businesses. Those businesses could faces fines up to $2,500 under the proposal.

The order was filed as an emergency update to Illinois Department of Public Health rules. It must be approved by the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, a bipartisan legislative oversight commission.

Pritzker said he had hoped the General Assembly would take action on a mask fine, but it has not, so he moved forward with proposing an administrative rule.

On Sunday, he urged the lawmakers on the committee, which is referred to as JCAR, to approve the rule when they meet Tuesday. He noted JCAR members are already being lobbied by people opposed to the rule.

The state has a mandate requiring people wear masks in public indoor places — like businesses — and in other places where they cannot maintain 6 feet of social distancing from other people.

Businesses also have strict occupancy limits: either 50 percent of their normal occupancy or 50 people, whichever is fewer.

Most people and businesses have complied with these restrictions, which are meant to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Pritzker said. But he wants to crack down on businesses that aren’t following those rules.

The fines would not apply to individual staff or customers. Rather, they are targeted at businesses that don’t enforce the state’s rules.

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