NASHVILLE - Tennessee House Democrats said Tuesday they now have "zero confidence" in Gov. Bill Lee's ability to lead after the Republican's decision to let his stay-at-home coronavirus order expire April 30.
Lee's planned "reboot" of the economy "is putting the lives of our loved ones and Tennesseans at risk," Democratic Caucus members said in a statement.
Democrats that, although they "fully" back getting Tennesseans back to work, "it needs to be done in a manner that protects the lives of residents during this unprecedented humanitarian crisis."
Right now, Democrats say, the number of positive cases of COVID-19 is still increasing in Tennessee.
Noting that Tennessee still has personal protection equipment shortages as well as "insufficient and incomplete testing, and [has] not had a comprehensive plan for contact tracing laid out to the public," Democrats also said "the process for getting Tennesseans unemployment and financially supporting small businesses has been a complete failure.