Griffith, Energy and Commerce Republican Leaders Question CDC Director on Shifting School Guidance

Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA), Republican Leader of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), and Subcommittee on Health Republican Leader Brett Guthrie (R-KY) wrote a letter to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle P. Walensky expressing concern over the recent guidance from the CDC on school reopening and the broader mixed messaging from the Biden Administration on the subject.

The Members wrote in part:

“We are concerned that politics may be overtaking science in the Biden administration, which is leading to unnecessary, prolonged school closures. President Biden has repeatedly pledged that ‘science and truth’ would be guiding principles to his administration, but your updated guidance seems to abandon those principles. As the Director of the CDC, you have an obligation to our Nation’s children to follow the ‘science and truth.’”

The Members go on to request additional information from the CDC on its guidance for school reopening, giving the agency a deadline of March 5, 2021 to respond.

The full letter can be read here.


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