U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) has introduced an amendment to Congress’s proposed budget resolution that would restrict federal relief funds from schools refusing to open.
In a news release, Hawley’s office says recent studies from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found schools that operate in person have seen “negligible spread” of the coronavirus.
Hawley says many schools across the country still haven’t reopened, to the detriment of parents and children.
“In spite of overwhelming evidence that schools can reopen safely, partisan advocates are using children’s education as a cudgel to push their radical agendas,” Hawley said. “The effect on children and working-class families has been absolutely devastating. The federal government should put an end to this two-tiered education system for the haves and have-nots by incentivizing schools to safely reopen.”