WASHINGTON, D.C. — House Republican Whip and Ranking Member of the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis Steve Scalise’s (R-La.) opening statement at today’s Select Subcommittee’s hearing calls out the Biden Administration’s horrific track record during the COVID-19 pandemic and highlights how the American people have lost faith in public health officials due to their politicization of the coronavirus. Whip Scalise calls on Democrats on the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis to investigate claims that the Centers and Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) allowed the American Federation of Teachers to re-write critical portions of the Biden Administration’s school reopening guidance. Additionally, Whip Scalise questions why Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats refuse to investigate the coronavirus’ origin.Remarks as prepared for delivery:“Thank you, Mr. Chairman.  “I’m glad Biden Administration officials are here to testify at a public hearing before this Subcommittee today. It has been a while. Thank you all for joining us.  “I’d like to note that we also invited Dr. Anthony Fauci, Chief Medical Advisor to the President and Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, but regrettably, he said he couldn’t join us unless he’s invited by the Chairman, with permission from the Biden Administration. “Mr. Chairman, I would like to ask that you invite Dr. Fauci because it has been almost a year since the last time he came before this Subcommittee.  “It’s important to hear from the witnesses today about the current state of COVID and planning for the future. But I think it is imperative that we address the elephant in the room: the public has lost a lot of trust in public health officials after two years of flip-flopping, mistakes, power-grabbing, and political interference with the science.  “I hope the witnesses will address the following issues directly today. There is a long list of controversies that the American public is looking for answers on. I’d like to name just a few and hope you’ll address them in either your remarks or during questioning.  


“I hope the witnesses will address these issues today. The American public is looking for answers, and the Biden Administration desperately needs to restore trust in our public health officials.  “Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I yield back.