Sixty-six Republican congressmen signed a letter Wednesday accusing President Joe Biden of ignoring the science when it comes to reopening schools, which is something the president promised to do within his first 100 days in office.
The letter, which was obtained by the Washington Free Beacon, cited an article published in the Journal of American Medicine that concluded holding classes in person carried a minimal risk of spreading COVID-19. The European Center for Disease Control had a similar study and came to the same conclusion, according to the letter.
“We are writing to urge you to live up to your pledge to follow the science on COVID-19 and encourage state and local leaders to reopen schools across the United States,” the letter said.
It also noted that the CDC director, Rochelle Walensky, said, “There is increasing data to suggest that schools can safely reopen and that safe reopening does not suggest that teachers need to be vaccinated.” White House press secretary Jen Psaki walked back those statements later that same day, claiming that Walensky’s statements were not official CDC guidance.
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