Republicans and Democrats failed to reach a compromise on a Covid-19 economic relief bill, but one comment from Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York) about schools needing to reopen has some seeing hypocrisy on the left.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-California) and Schumer addressed the press after failed negotiations with Republicans on a potential relief bill. While many of their complaints about Republicans refusing to continue robust unemployment and other government programs was to be expected, one comment from Schumer went viral as it didn’t seem to match the outrage shown to President Donald Trump when he mentioned the same thing.
“If you don’t open up the schools, you’re going to hurt the economy significantly,” Schumer said, “because lots of people can’t go to work.”
The president has floated the idea of fully reopening most schools in the fall despite the coronavirus pandemic, but he has found pushback with liberal critics each and every time.
Schumer’s admission that not reopening schools will hurt the economy, which the president has argued, was seen as a surprising “moment of clarity” by critics on social media who latched onto the comment.
“Surprised but happy to see this moment of clarity from Sen. Chuck Schumer!” Newsmax contributor Dr. David Samadi tweeted.
So… it’s okay when it comes out of Chuck Schumer’s mouth? https://t.co/yMD0cuGTpa
— ForAmerica (@ForAmerica) August 7, 2020
Why does Chuck Schumer literally want to kill our children https://t.co/YnLYkTz1D5
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) August 7, 2020
It is now clear to me that the parent response to school closures was not at all what they expected and they are scrambling to wrestle ppl back from the private education sector. This is incredible. https://t.co/m3eXG6Nmg7
— Kira (@RealKiraDavis) August 7, 2020
LOL – Chuck Schumer is now saying that kids should go back to school. 😂
Ignore the fake polls from fake news – Democrats are losing big on every issue.
— Catturd ™ (@catturd2) August 7, 2020
The disagreement on reopening schools comes down to federal funding. Schumer and Pelosi have argued the only way to safely let kids back into the in-person education system is through major federal funding.
Trump has argued that schools in hotspots for the coronavirus should be taking precautions when reopening, but the failure to add federal funding into a Covid-19 economic package has the left and right at a standstill on the issue.
Already a heated debate, it is only bound to get more heated as the country draws nearer to the dates schools would normally open their doors again. Experts have argued since schooling is a childcare issue, keeping them closed affects not only children and employees of the education system, but also parents who cannot return to work.
“Because children and parents are dying from that trauma, too. They’re dying because they can’t do what they’re doing. Mothers can’t go to work because all of a sudden they have to stay home and watch their child, and fathers,” the president told CBS News last month when asked why he considered not reopening schools a “terrible decision.”
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Pelosi has argued the president is “messing” with childrens’ health and risking another outbreak of the virus with his support for reopening schools.
“Going back to school presents the biggest risk for the spread of the coronavirus,” she told CNN. “If there are CDC guidelines, they should be requirements.”
The president meanwhile blasted the first batch of recommendations from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as being too “impractical” and “expensive.”
There seems to be little hope Republicans and Democrats will agree on how to reopen schools, but Schumer’s latest comments suggest he is fully aware of the economic risks of keeping them closed.
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