EXCLUSIVE: Top Republicans on the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees on Wednesday called for an investigation into the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention after emails showed the nation’s second-largest teachers union lobbied the agency on school reopening policies.
House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, House Oversight Committee Ranking Member James Comer, R-Ky., and House Education and Labor Committee ranking member Virginia Foxx, R-N.C. penned a letter to the CDC accusing them of putting “political obedience to Democrat-aligned special interest groups” ahead of “our nation’s youth.”
The lawmakers demanded the agency release all correspondence “between or among employees, contractors and representatives of the CDC and representatives of any teacher’s union” since President Biden entered office, citing emails that show regular correspondence between the government agency and the American Federation of Teachers.
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The letter said CDC officials have until May 26 to grant their request and reveal the extent of “the influence of these special interest groups on the CDC’s guidance.”
“President Biden promised to reopen schools within 100 days of his Administration. He also promised to follow the science regarding COVID-19,” the letter reads. “Your political obedience to Democrat-aligned special interest groups breaks both those promises.
The letter references a recent “troubling” report that shows numerous emails between top CDC officials and the union just days before the Biden administration released school reopening guidelines in February.
In one email, senior director for health issues with
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