Politics White House blocks CDC boss from testifying on reopening schools amid coronavirus

04:50  18 july  2020
04:50  18 july  2020 Source:   foxnews.com

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for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ) to testify on school safety in response to President Trump’s push to reopen classrooms across the U.S. U.S. need to repair or replace their ventilation systems – particularly with the new precautions that need to be taken amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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The White House has blocked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield from testifying in front of Congress next week regarding how to safely reopen schools.

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House Education Committee Chairman Bobby Scott, D-Va., requested the CDC director testify amid reported cases of coronavirus spiking across the nation, as President Trump pushes for schools to reopen in the fall.

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The White House is blocking CDC officials from testifying next week at a hearing on reopening schools , the House Education and Labor Committee told POLITICO on Friday. Separately, the CDC confirmed that more guidance for opening schools won't be released until later this month.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control ( CDC ) discussed its budget on Tuesday, with the center 's director Dr. Robert Redfield providing testimony at the House

The hearing is set to be held in front of the House Committee on Education and Labor’s Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education on July 23.


“It is alarming that the Trump administration is preventing the CDC from appearing before the Committee at a time when its expertise and guidance is so critical to the health and safety of students, parents, and educators,” Scott said in a statement Friday.

“This lack of transparency does a great disservice to the many communities across the country facing difficult decisions about reopening schools this fall.”

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The CDC had been keeping tabs on critical metrics, including how many hospital beds are open , how many ventilators are available, and how many COVID-stricken patients were in each hospital. The CDC will now be bypassed, with that info to begin going directly to HHS. HHS contends that this will make

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The White House rejected the criticisms from congressional Democrats.

“Dr. Redfield has testified on the Hill at least four times over the last three months. We need our doctors focused on the pandemic response,” a White House spokesperson told Fox News on Friday.

Trump has threatened to cut school funding if they do not reopen in-person classes in the fall, despite CDC warnings – though the president does not have the power to unilaterally cut school funding.


Trump sees reopening schools as a way to push the economy forward by getting parents back to work, even as cases and death rates continue to spike across the U.S.

The president last week also criticized the guidelines that the CDC released for schools to follow in order to safely reopen.  The measures included sanitization of desks, social distancing and the suggested closure of playgrounds and cafeterias.

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WASHINGTON – White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Thursday emphasized that schools reopening this fall shouldn't be contingent on science surrounding coronavirus , but then claimed the "science is on our side here" as the pandemic continues unabated.

In a memo, the Trump administration said it was “reasonable” to bar members of the task force since they are busy with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“I disagree with @CDCgov on their very tough & expensive guidelines for opening schools,” Trump tweeted Wednesday. “While they want them open, they are asking schools to do very impractical things. I will be meeting with them!!!”


The measures were originally released in May, but the CDC has said it will be releasing additional literature to help school officials with more resources and address potential further questions.

“The administration’s strategy of prioritizing politics over science has had a devastating impact on our country throughout this pandemic,” Scott said Friday. “It should not make that same mistake when it comes to reopening schools.”

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