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Rep. Reed says economy needs to be reopened slowly, as testing allows

Congressman Tom Reed, who represents the 23rd District, says he’s as eager as anyone to restart the economy.

But this week he said it needs to be done slowly.

“The goal is to manage the virus when we reopen,” Reed said in a conference call.

“[It’s] not being realistic and not being honest with the American people,” to believe that the virus will fade, and the U.S. will return to normal.

He admitted the U.S. is on the cusp of economic depression if people don’t return to work in the near-term.

That said, no date was given by Reed, who is running for re-election this year. Like others, Reed said expanded testing is necessary to resume economic activity at any level.

“You do not want to start, stop, start, stop the U.S. economy,” he said. “We have to open up America safely.”