The White House has blocked the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from testifying at a hearing on school safety,media reported. The news was published in a tweet posted by the House Committee on Education and Labor on Twitter. The CDC is understood to have received an invitation to the hearing from Committee Chairman Bobby Scott a week ago.
“While the CDC’s expertise and guidance are critical to the health and safety of students, parents and educators, it is a matter of concern that the government prevents it from appearing before the committee,” Scott said in a statement Friday. The government’s strategy of putting politics above science had a devastating impact on our country in this pandemic. It should not make the same mistake when it comes to reopening schools. “
According to a White House spokesman, Redfield has testified at least four times in the past three months. “We need our doctors to focus on the outbreak,” the spokesman wrote in an email. “
It is understood the hearing will take place on Thursday, July 23, to discuss the reopening of K-12 public schools in the 2020-21 school year.