Pelosi Statement on the CDC’s School Re-Opening Guidance

Feb 12, 2021
Press Release
Contact: Speaker’s Press Office,
202-226-7616
 
Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement on the new K-12 school re-opening guidance published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
 
“The CDC’s new and welcomed school re-opening guidance accelerates the urgency for Congress to pass President Biden’s American Rescue Plan.
 
“There is no higher priority than ensuring that our children and teachers can return safely to school, as soon as possible.  But without strong assistance from Congress, our schools cannot afford to enact the science-based safety precautions required – particularly in low-income, under-resourced communities that were already struggling before the pandemic.  Yet, Republicans in Congress are attempting to block and hold this funding hostage.
 
“Our House Committees are working expeditiously to draft and pass by the end of the month President Biden’s American Rescue Plan legislation, which makes a strong and necessary $130 billion investment for safe school re-opening and for our K-12 students.  The funding will be used to repair ventilation systems, reduce class sizes and implement social distancing, purchase PPE, hire support staff and take robust measures to help students make up for lost classroom time.  At the same time, the legislation secures an additional $7 billion to close the digital divide, especially important for students and teachers in communities at high risk – which the Republicans oppose.
 
“The Democratic Congress and Biden-Harris Administration are united in our mission to keep our students, educators and their families safe from the vicious coronavirus, while ensuring equity for all children to get the education and the support that they need and deserve.”
 
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