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U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy named to Trump’s bipartisan coronavirus recovery panel

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Washington, April 16, 2020 | comments
Orlando Sentinel

U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy was among two Democratic Florida Congress members named to President Trump’s coronavirus economic recovery panel.
 
The bipartisan group, of senators and House members will “help guide the legislative response to the economic crisis caused by COVID-19. [and] seek bipartisan policy solutions to help rebuild the American economy in the wake of this public health emergency,” Murphy’s office said in a statement.
 
U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, was also named to the panel, his office announced.
 
No Florida Republican has yet been named as a member of the panel.
 
“While I disagree with the President on a vast array of issues, my job is to put politics aside and advocate for my constituents," said Murphy, D-Winter Park, in a statement. “So when the President of the United States asked me to help guide our nation’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, I wanted to make sure Central Florida had a seat at the table.”
 
Murphy said she would use the appointment "to inform the President about the unique economic conditions facing Central Florida and then work with my colleagues in the House and Senate to ensure our response prioritizes working families and struggling businesses, especially small businesses."
 
She also said she would hold the Trump administration accountable “for any mismanagement or delay in getting aid to Central Florida families.”
 
Other Democratic House members named to the panel, according to Politico, include Reps. Henry Cuellar of Texas, Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey, Ro Khanna of California, Derek Kilmer of Washington, John Larson of Connecticut, Jimmy Panetta of California and Tom Suozzi of New York.
 
Thirteen Democratic senators were also named to the panel, Politico reported, along with fourteen Republican senators and Congress members. A full list has not been officially announced.
 
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