While this probably won’t come as new information for most regular readers, dozens of Republicans in the House of Representatives have issued a formal declaration to President Joe Biden, calling on him to “follow the science” and begin reopening the nation’s schools immediately rather than listening to the instructions of special interest groups. The effort was headed up by Congressman Jason Smith of Missouri. The “special interests” he and his colleagues are referring to are the nation’s teachers’ unions. And while I applaud these members for highlighting the issue and at least making the effort, I’m not going to get my hopes up in terms of Biden actually listening. (Free Beacon)
A group of 66 House Republicans accused President Joe Biden of rejecting the scientific consensus that schools can safely reopen, a move they say harms American children.
Led by Rep. Jason Smith (R., Mo.), the lawmakers sent Biden a Thursday letter urging him to “follow the science” by pushing state and local leaders across the U.S. to reopen schools. The letter notes that there is “little evidence to show in-person instruction in classrooms contributes to the spread of COVID-19,” citing a January study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. It also criticizes the Biden administration for contradicting top government scientists. After CDC director Rochelle Walensky said there are “increasing data to suggest that schools can reopen,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki dismissed the comment, claiming Walensky “spoke in her personal capacity.”
The very public exposure of Joe Biden’s lack of backbone on this subject must be a source of embarrassment. We all heard about how Biden’s plan was to have the schools reopened during his first 100 days. Then seemingly out of nowhere, Jen Psaki was dispatched to the briefing room to “clarify” that position. Now they’re shooting for having half of the schools open for maybe one day per week.