Written by Emilie Munson in the Times Union on April 16, 2020

WASHINGTON — The White House has tapped U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, to join a task force with other members of Congress to plan the reopening of the economy.

The task force held an introductory call Thursday morning during which President Donald Trump gave remarks and lawmakers shared their priorities and concerns, a congressional staffer said.

“Prioritizing the needs of Upstate New York and rural communities as a whole will be critical to protecting public health and restarting the American economy, getting people back to work, and easing the burden on so many families across my district and the entire country,” Stefanik said Thursday. “Additionally, my district borders Canada, our closest trading partner. We must recognize the importance of our cross-border operations and need to prioritize Northern Border issues as part of this public health and economic recovery plan.”

From New York, Reps. John Katko, R-Camillus, Tom Suozzi, D-Glen Cove, and Lee Zeldin, R-Shirley, were also chosen to serve on the bipartisan, bicameral task force. Stefanik and Zeldin both were selected by Trump to serve on his impeachment defense team in January 2020.

Thirty-two representatives and over half the Senate were named to the task force.

“The president announced that he will soon provide guidance to America’s governors to determine their ability to reignite the economies in their respective states,” the White House said in a statement regarding the new task force.

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