Pandemic Response Report is a weekly newsletter about America’s response to the coronavirus pandemic from Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis (SSOCC) Republicans.
Biden’s CDC Allows Teachers Union to Meddle in Scientific Guidance: Last week, the president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), Randi Weingarten, admitted during an interview on C-SPAN that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) asked them for language on school reopening guidance.
Mounting Evidence COVID-19 Escaped Wuhan Lab: According to U.S. intelligence reported recently in the media, three researchers from the Wuhan Institute of Virology became sick “with symptoms consistent with both COVID-19 and common seasonal illness” and were hospitalized in November 2019.
Pelosi Refuses to Follow the Science: Despite the CDC recently recommending vaccinated Americans can resume normal activities, Speaker Pelosi refuses to return the House of Representatives to pre-pandemic operations and is still requiring all to wear masks.
House Leadership, Ranking Members Request Pelosi Follow Science, Reopen Congress: Last week, House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) led a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calling on her to cease remote voting measures and return the House of Representatives to regular order. Every committee ranking member and member of Republican leadership joined the letter as signatories.
“We write today to request that you cease all proxy voting measures and all remote committee proceedings in the House of Representatives for the remainder of the 117th Congress. It is time we follow the science, lead by example, and fully return to work to serve the American people. More than 272 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered and at least 75 percent of members of Congress have been fully vaccinated, with all members and congressional staff having access to the vaccine … We have accomplished an incredible milestone in defeating the virus, now we must serve as a model for our nation to restore, rebuild, renew, and resume America.”
The CDC recently issued updated guidance recommending fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or social distance in most indoor and outdoor settings. The Office of the Attending Physician also issued guidance that fully vaccinated members and staff can resume pre-pandemic activities. However, Speaker Pelosi is ignoring recommendations from medical experts and refusing to follow science by keeping in place restrictive pandemic measures.
Pelosi Undermines Confidence in Vaccine Efficacy: By refusing to restore normal operations to the House of Representatives, Speaker Pelosi is undermining the vaccine’s efficacy. This follows then-candidate Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ damaging remarks on the campaign trail that called into question the safety of the COVID-19 vaccines in development under Operation Warp Speed. Democrats are already requiring taxpayers to foot the bill for a $1 billion PR campaign to encourage Americans to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Why do they continue to undermine the vaccine’s efficacy by requiring pandemic restrictions that are no longer recommended by the CDC?
Students with Disabilities Harmed by School Closures: Last week, the Washington Post highlighted how school closures have harmed students with disabilities. There are more than seven million students with disabilities in the United States, and many special needs children benefit from consistent and attentive, in-person instruction and receive afternoon in-school therapy sessions. Experts and advocates warn the consequences of school closures on students with disabilities “are likely to linger for years, if not decades.” Over 75 days ago, House Republicans called on Democrats to open a bipartisan investigation into the impact school closures are having on students with disabilities, but they have refused.
Democrat Hypocrisy Alert
Biden’s CDC Allows Teachers Union to Meddle in Scientific Guidance: Last week, the president of the AFT, Randi Weingarten, admitted during an interview on C-SPAN that the CDC asked them for language on school reopening guidance. Weingarten said, “They asked us for language and we gave them language.” The language included in the official report effectively recommended 90% of schools remain closed, even though medical experts say there is no reason for schools to be shuttered. The AFT is not a medical or scientific group. They are a political group that donates millions to Democrats’ reelection campaigns. Why is the Biden Administration allowing a political group to meddle in official scientific guidance?
This Week in SSOCC
What They’re Saying
How America failed students with disabilities during the pandemic (Washington Post)
New Research Suggests Number of Kids Hospitalized for COVID Is Overcounted (New York Magazine)
U.S. Inquiry Into Cuomo Widens to Examine Virus Tests for ‘Specials’ (New York Times)
“Federal prosecutors have been looking into whether Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration granted special access to rapid coronavirus test results for the governor’s family and other influential people, according to two people with knowledge of the discussions … the special treatment for Mr. Cuomo’s family has lasted far longer than previously known, through at least last month, The Times found.
Intelligence on Sick Staff at Wuhan Lab Fuels Debate On Covid-19 Origin (Wall Street Journal)
Rep. Mark Green (R-Tenn.) highlights the GOP Doctors Caucus’ work to update mask requirements in the House of Representatives.
Republican Whip and Select Subcommittee Ranking Member Scalise (R-La.) points out how Operation Warp Speed led to the fastest development of a vaccine in history and is producing results to end the pandemic.