JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) — Rep. Phil Roe defended Tennessee’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and said one South Carolina congressman who questioned the state’s response should “butt out” and focus on his own state.
He also said politics is to blame for Congress not agreeing on a plan to send out a second round of stimulus checks.
“I think Gov. Lee is doing a great job,” Roe said. “This virus is very contagious and it’s going to be out there and we’re going to have to learn to live with it, it’s going to be with us.”
The congressman’s comments come after Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC), chairman of a House committee on the coronavirus pandemic, sent letters to Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and other Republican governors claiming they have failed to implement recommendations by the White House Coronavirus Task Force and requesting they provide documents detailing how their states are handling the pandemic.