‘Alarming’: Trump Blocks CDC Officials From Testifying to Education Panel on School Reopenings

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The Democratic chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee revealed Friday that the Trump administration is blocking Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials—including agency director Dr. Robert Redfield—from testifying at a congressional hearing next week on school reopenings as the White House continues its efforts to force the resumption of in-person classes in the fall.

“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,” Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) said in a statement. “This lack of transparency does a great disservice to the many communities across the country facing difficult decisions about reopening schools this fall.”

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

The White House confirmed its decision to block the testimony of Redfield and other CDC officials, saying the director “has testified on the Hill at least four times over the last three months.”

Educators and public health experts have denounced as reckless the Trump administration’s push to reopen schools as Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations surge across the United States. The White House, say teachers and parents, has failed to present a sensible plan to resume in-person classes without threatening the health of students and faculty.

“Without a comprehensive plan that includes federal resources to provide for the safety of our students and educators with funding for personal protective equipment, socially distanced instruction, and addressing racial inequity, we could be putting students, their families, and educators in danger,” six groups representing millions of U.S. teachers and parents said in a joint statement on July 7.

Instead of working with teachers and experts to decide the best way forward, President Donald Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos have publicly threatened to withhold federal funding from schools that refuse to reopen in the fall. Earlier this month, Trump complained on Twitter that the CDC’s school reopening guidelines—which encourage face coverings and social distancing in classrooms—are too “tough” and “expensive.”

“It’s imperative that we listen to the experts,” tweeted Rep. Joe Morelle (D-N.Y.), a member of the House Education and Labor Committee. “It’s alarming, but sadly not surprising, that the president is barring them from the room.”

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Independent

Grow a set and testify He has no right to pull this f€£¥§|{ bull shit. He is way beyond the law. Some one should prevent this maniac from leaving his bedroom.
He was not stopped when he forbid everyone to testify. He doesn’t have that right. And what about his sending gestapo to Oregon. HE IS OUT OF CONTROL Is it Amendment 45 that will take him out? Does the public have to take to the streets to show just how angry we are..

chris whitley
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chris whitley

Amendment 25. That’s what black people are already doing. But it seems to be getting more popular. And the gestapo is an illegal act. Oregon would have to ask for help. And the government of Oregon has said get the hell out of our state. Pretty straight forward to me.

Nevatrumper
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Nevatrumper

Vote Blue like your life depends on it. Trump is a nobody, keep your eye on the ball, there are 53 traitors that call themselves republican senators. 26 are up for re-election. Time to send Mitch and the boys a packing.

David
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David

Dr. Redfield, what’s more important, the safety of every American or opprobrium from Trump, DeVos, and their twisted allies?

John Johnson
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John Johnson

tRUMP DOES THIS BECAUSE HE IS A FU@KING AS$HOLE. THEIR ARE NO OTHER WORDS!!! ONLY CARES ABOUT HIS AS$HOLE SELF!