MSNBC: Speaker Nancy Pelosi joins MSNBC’s Craig Melvin to discuss the risks involved with reopening schools as well as the necessary equipment and resources to ensure the safety of American children.
MELVIN: Madam Speaker, as you know, the secretary of education, on Sunday, she refused to say whether schools should follow guidelines from the CDC on reopening. She says those guidelines are meant to be flexible. There’s been some reporting that we’re going to get some new CDC guidelines this week that would help dictate how some of these school districts determine whether they should reopen and how. Have you been in contact with the CDC? Do you know what these guidelines are going to look like? PELOSI: No. I — what I heard was that they were going to respond to a tweet by the president. I would hope they would be responsive to the science. I’m always happy when there are new guidelines, if they’re based on additional information, scientifically based. So, we will see what they are. But this is as serious as it gets. Here we have the pandemic. We’re talking about the education of our children. We’re talking about what that means to families, in terms of their ability to go back to work. We can open the economy, we can open our schools, if we test, trace, treat, separate, mask, hygiene, and the rest. But we have to make a national decision to do it. And I will tell you this. I’m very afraid of where we are now, because of the ignorance in the administration about what needs to be done, the recognition of the challenge that we face, and the threat to the health and well-being of the American people. And if we don’t make the investments, including putting money in the pockets of the American people with unemployment insurance and direct payments, including honoring our heroes, our health care workers, our transit, teachers, sanitation workers, the — our public employees, if we don’t put that money there, we’re not going to be able — we’re going to pay a big price, worse hit on the economy. So, they — you know, they complain. They say, oh, it’s too much money. They didn’t mind giving $2 trillion — adding $2 trillion to the national debt to give a tax cut, 83 percent of which went to the top 1 percent, and yet, and yet they want to quibble over what we need to do to keep — open up our economy, open up our schools, respect — we have no right, we have no authority to thank our first responders and our health care workers and our front-line people in this fight against the pandemic unless we’re willing to support them.