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Democrats Suddenly Want To Reopen The Economy — Why Now?

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Dylan Housman Healthcare Reporter
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Despite being generally supportive of lockdown measures and stringent COVID-19 restrictions since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in spring 2020, several notable state and local Democratic officials are now changing their tunes on how to best contain COVID-19. 

Democratic politicians like New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser are among those who have experienced an apparently sudden shift from a pro-lockdown to a pro-reopening stance. Perhaps coincidentally, these changes are all happening around the time that President Joe Biden assumed the Oval Office.