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Pandemic Response Report

Posted on Tuesday, February 9, 2021
by Outside Contributor

Pandemic Response Report is a weekly newsletter about America’s response to the coronavirus pandemic from Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis (SSOCC) Republicans


What’s Important

Teachers Can Return to the Classroom without the Vaccine:
Last week, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky stated that teachers do not need to get vaccinated before schools can safely reopen. This follows the CDC’s recent finding that schools operating in person have scant transmission rates when safety precautions are employed. 

Democrats Fail to Follow the Science: While President Biden pledged to follow the science and listen to experts, it appears his administration doesn’t plan on listening to their own CDC Director and instead is caving to unions’ demands when it comes to reopening schools. Senate Democrats also rejected a proposal to withhold pandemic-related funding from schools that do not reopen after teachers are vaccinated. Democrats are abandoning the science and children and instead are putting radical unions first.

Prioritize Americans for Vaccine Distribution, Not Non-Citizens: The Biden Administration last week sought to provide vaccines to terrorists at Guantanamo Bay and also announced steps to vaccinate illegal immigrants. President Biden should not divert scarce vaccines to non-citizens. Americans must have access first.

Relief Radar

CBO is Projecting Economic Growth without Additional Stimulus: The Congressional Budget Office is projecting 3.7 real GDP growth for 2021 without additional stimulus. “CBO currently projects a stronger economy than it did in July 2020, in large part because the downturn was not as severe as expected and because the first stage of the recovery took place sooner and was stronger than expected … The fact that the downturn was less severe and the recovery stronger than previously projected also changed the projected pattern of growth: CBO’s current projections of GDP growth are stronger, on average, for the 2021–2025 period than they were in July.”

Which Begs the Question, Why Are Democrats Pushing a $1.9 Trillion Liberal Wish List? Even though the CBO projects a stronger economy and some states have budget surpluses, Democrats are pushing a $1.9 trillion “relief” package through that rewards their liberal allies. It contains $350 billion for state and local governments, even though previous pandemic-related funds allocated are still available. It also contains $130 billion to schools, even if they remained closed. Senate Republicans offered an amendment to withhold funding from schools that do not reopen for in-person learning after teachers are offered the vaccine, but Democrats opposed the amendment. The Democrats’ package also contains a provision to increase the national minimum wage to $15/hour, which would kill 1.3 million jobs according to the CBO.  Some Democrats are even pushing for the package to contain amnesty for illegal immigrants. With 11 million Americans out of work, why are Democrats pushing to give work permits and amnesty to 11 million illegal immigrants? Democrats priorities are misaligned.

Crisis Corner

CDC Releases Shocking Report on Lockdowns’ Impact on Our Nation’s Health: Last week, the CDC issued a report showing the lockdowns have had serious consequences on Americans’ health. Suicide, mental health issues, drug and opioid overdoses, and child abuse and neglect have all increased amid the lockdowns. We must end the lockdowns and reopen schools now—our nation’s health depends on it.

Democrat Hypocrisy Alert

Biden Administration Pretends School Closures Are About Money—But It’s All Politics: Despite the overwhelming scientific evidence and the call to action from President Biden to reopen schools, White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain, when asked why schools were not following the science and reopening, said “I’ll give you a word: money.” According to CDC estimates, implementing all necessary precautions needed to reopen schools safely and successfully would cost about $23 billion. However, Congress has provided states with billions of dollars, and it is estimated they have access to between $54 and $64 billion. Reopening schools clearly is not about money; it is about politics.

Biden Flip-Flops

Follow the Science, Except When the Union Bosses Tell You Not To: Last week, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky stated that teachers do not need to be vaccinated before schools can safely reopen. White House Press Secretary Jennifer Psaki quickly dismissed her recommendation and said she spoke in her “personal capacity.” This comes as President Biden previously stated that his “Administration will lead with science and scientists — with a CDC and NIH that are free from political influence…” As Mike Bloomberg said this week, “The president has to stand up to the unions.”
Biden Blunders

Vaccines for Illegal Immigrants and Terrorists: The Biden Administration announced last week that it is taking steps to vaccinate illegal immigrants ahead of Americans who are currently being denied the COVID-19 vaccine. The Department of Defense also planned to give vaccines to terrorists held at Guantanamo Bay, but this plan has since been rightfully paused. Republican Whip and Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis Ranking Member Steve Scalise (R-La.) said, “It is time that President Biden puts Americans first when it comes to protecting the hard-working families who are counting on Washington to put them first. President Biden must abandon this ridiculous plan and instead focus on getting the elderly, the vulnerable, frontline workers, and other essential Americans vaccinated as quickly as possible.” 

Open the Schools NOW: Republican Whip and Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis Ranking Member Steve Scalise (R-La.) continues to call for schools to reopen their doors to students now.

Pandemic Response Report is a weekly newsletter about America’s response to the coronavirus pandemic from Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis (SSOCC) Republicans


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