Republican lawmakers sent a letter Monday to Rochelle Walensky, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention demanding scientific evidence for policies affecting our children. The representatives assert the center’s policies have caused harm to children’s social, emotional, and educational development.

“We write to inquire into the scientific bases for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidelines for children throughout the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. The CDC has consistently failed to consider the crushing impact its COVID-19 policies have had on our nation’s children…

“We have long known transmission among children is low and symptoms are mild for most of them. Yet, the CDC has refused to follow the science. Rather, it has blindly tried to prevent infection at all costs—sacrificing our children’s mental, physical, and emotional health. Republicans on the Committee have been sounding the alarm on the negative impacts these policies are having on our children for nearly two years. America’s children are paying—and will continue to pay—the price for the CDC’s decisions for years to come,” wrote the Republican lawmakers…

“There is no question, as we enter the third year of this pandemic, CDC’s guidelines and policies have failed to factor in—let alone prioritize—children’s social, emotional, and educational development. In fact, CDC is undermining its own credibility as it continues to jeopardize an entire generation’s development. In order to better understand the CDC’s decisions regarding America’s children, please schedule a staff briefing on all of the above topics no later than February 7, 2022,” concluded the Republican lawmakers.

The letter was signed from House Republican Whip and Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis Ranking Member Steve Scalise (R-La.), House Committee on Oversight and Reform Ranking Member James Comer (R-Ky.), and Select Subcommittee Republican lawmakers.

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