Ohio congressman on governor’s curfew: “I just disagree with the premise”

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said he trusts Americans to be responsible for their actions, and...
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said he trusts Americans to be responsible for their actions, and government restrictions on public life are an unnecessary overreach.(Gray DC)
Published: Nov. 18, 2020 at 3:33 PM EST
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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said he won’t let the coronavirus pandemic stop his family from holding their traditional Thanksgiving.

As communities in Ohio and across the country grapple with a spike in coronavirus infections and hospitalizations, Jordan took to Twitter Monday to push back on lockdowns and other restrictions on daily life aimed at reducing the virus' spread.

Public health officials are recommending that Americans avoid gathering with friends and family who don’t live in the same household this holiday season. In Ohio, Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) has imposed a curfew for the next three weeks, which requires everyone to be in their homes between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. with few exceptions.

Gray Television Washington News Bureau reporter Kyle Midura asked Jordan about his tweet, the governor’s curfew, and his holiday plans.

Just before DeWine instituted the curfew, we asked Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) about Jordan’s tweet and how the pandemic will affect his Thanksgiving.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are celebrating promising developments in the search for a COVID-19 vaccine. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar told the Gray Television Washington News Bureau that doses could be available for about 20 million Americans by mid-December. But, public health officials say vaccinations are unlikely to be widely available until early Spring.

In the meantime, congressional efforts to come to an agreement on another spending package to deal with the financial fallout and challenges presented by the pandemic remain stalled.

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