The Biden administration "wants to ignore the science" and the Centers for Disease Control on reopening schools while "everyone" is saying that with precautions in place, it is safe to send children back, according to Rep. Nancy Mace.
"We really need to look at the data and the science," the South Carolina Republican said on Fox News' "America Reports." "Congress has allotted $60 billion (for) the expedited reopening of schools and only $4 billion has been spent."
But with precautions in place, "we should put parents and kids first, not teachers' unions," said Mace.
"Look at what they did in Virginia, where you have the teachers union decide we need all of our teachers vaccinated," she said. "They got what they wanted. Then they said we are going to walk it back. We can't allow these teachers' unions to bully parents and children. We need to get parents the option. My kids have the option to go to school two days a week. I'm going to do that. I wish it were four or five, but that should be every parent's choice."
The pandemic, plus schools being closed, has caused serious problems with women's progress in the workplace, said Mace, and she said she will be proposing legislation to give a tax credit to families who have been left behind when mothers have come out of the workplace to care for their children who are out of school.
"They are the ones who are truly suffering," said Mace. "I have been working on it for weeks, and I'm going to encourage my colleagues to join me in this effort, but we really need to look out for those who are falling behind right now ... we all want to see women and having equal opportunities there, and yet these policies are hurting women the most."
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