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

Fauci Confirms Biden Administration Not Following COVID Guidance at the Border: During last week’s Select Subcommittee hearing, Dr. Anthony Fauci confirmed under oath the Biden Administration is not following their own COVID guidance at the border they are imposing on every other American.

Fauci & Walensky Admit There’s No Medical Reason for Schools to Remain Closed: Drs. Fauci and Walensky confirmed to the Select Subcommittee there is no medical reason for schools to remain closed.

Lockdowns Don’t Work: States like Michigan, New Jersey, and New York where there are draconian lockdowns have higher COVID infection rates than states with fewer restrictions, like Arizona, Florida, and Texas.

Relief Radar

Lockdowns Don’t Work: Michigan, New Jersey, and New York have implemented draconian lockdowns on residents within their states and have higher infection rates than states like Arizona, Florida, and Texas where there are minimal restrictions on their residents. At last week’s Select Subcommittee hearing, Representative Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) asked Dr. Anthony Fauci when Americans’ First Amendment rights will be restored but he did not provide a concrete, substantive answer. Endless lockdowns don’t work and infringe on Americans’ First Amendment rights.

Teachers Union Finally Listens to Science: The American Federation of Teachers finally decided to listen to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and accept the science showing social distancing guidelines can be reduced to 3 feet in classrooms. Previously, the union refused to listen to the CDC’s updated recommendation. It’s past time for the teachers unions to follow the science, put children first, and reopen classrooms to in-person learning.

Crisis Corner

Fauci & Walensky Admit There’s No Medical Reason for Schools to Remain Closed: At last week’s Select Subcommittee hearing, Republican Whip and Select Subcommittee Ranking Member Steve Scalise (R-La.) questioned Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, about what medical reason there is for schools to still remain closed. Both Drs. Fauci and Walensky acknowledged there is no medical reason for students to not return to the classroom at this point. Despite this fact, less than 50% of schools are meeting in-person five days a week.

Democrat Hypocrisy Alert

Vice President Harris Refuses to Go to the Border: In 2019, then-Senator Kamala Harris visited the southern border but since being appointed as President Biden’s border czar, she has refused to go to the border is allowing thousands of children to be detained in direct violation of the CDC’s COVID protocols.

Biden Blunders

Biden Administration Not Following Their Own Guidance at the Border: During last week’s Select Subcommittee hearing, Dr. Fauci confirmed under oath the Biden Administration is not following their own COVID guidance at the border that they are imposing on every other American. Both Drs. Fauci and Walensky also said migrants should be tested for COVID before entering the United States.

This Week in SSOCC

Last week, the Select Subcommittee held a hearing to examine the Biden Administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic with CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci, and Chief Science Officer for COVID Response David Kessler. At the hearing, Republican lawmakers pointed out the Biden Administration’s hypocrisy on enforcing CDC guidance, emphasizing it requires Americans to adhere to coronavirus requirements but allows untested and COVID-positive migrants arriving at the southern border to be released into the United States. Republican lawmakers also emphasized the importance of reopening schools and restoring Americans’ First Amendment rights.

What They’re Saying

LA Board of Education members eat, check phones while mom pleads for school reopening (Fox News)
“In an emotional phone call to the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), a mother pleaded with county officials to reopen schools and playgrounds – but her appeal was seemingly ignored. In a video posted to social media by UTLA Uncensored this week, LA board members ate and checked their phones as an upset parent begged for the classrooms to be reopened. The crux of her plea was for the school board to abandon the United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) union, and focus on the needs of southern California children. ‘I’m here to tell you that I have been silenced by UTLA,’ she told the members. ‘Because my narrative goes against what they are trying to push.’ ‘My children, and thousands of others, are being held hostage by this organization,’ she continued.”

New York hardest hit state by COVID-19, analysis reveals (NY Post)
“New York was the hardest-hit state in terms of job losses and deaths per capita due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a new analysis has found. On those two measurements combined, the Empire State had the ‘worst overall outcome’ in saving people’s lives and jobs, according to government data by Hamilton Place Strategies. New York lost 55,000 jobs per million residents — the second-worst behind Hawaii — and suffered 3,300 extra deaths per million residents compared to pre-pandemic expectations, about the same as Arizona and Alabama, according to the report.”

Covid coverage by the U.S. national media is an outlier, a study finds. (NY Times)
“Bruce Sacerdote, an economics professor at Dartmouth College, noticed something last year about the Covid-19 television coverage that he was watching on CNN and PBS. It almost always seemed negative, regardless of what was he seeing in the data or hearing from scientists he knew. When Covid cases were rising in the U.S., the news coverage emphasized the increase. When cases were falling, the coverage instead focused on those places where cases were rising. And when vaccine research began showing positive results, the coverage downplayed it, as far as Sacerdote could tell.”

Member Mention

Republican Whip and Select Subcommittee Ranking Member Steve Scalise (R-La.) confirms Dr. Fauci admitted under oath the Biden Administration is not following their own COVID guidance a the border.

Representative Michael Burgess (R-Texas) calls for enhanced border security to stem the health crisis at the border.

Republican Whip and Select Subcommittee Ranking Member Steve Scalise (R-La.) calls out President Biden for creating a health crisis at the border.

Oversight Republicans point out illegal immigrants taken into custody by ICE have a higher COVID positivity rate than Texas.

Representative Nicole Malliotakis (R-N.Y.) emphasizes double standards and hypocrisy from government leadership when it comes to arbitrary COVID restrictions.

Drs. Fauci and Walensky admit to Scalise there is no medical reason for schools to remain shut down.

Representative Byron Donalds (R-Fla.) calls for blue state governors to reopen schools.