(CNN)President Joe Biden challenged Republicans to test his new vaccine requirements in court Friday as he stressed his administration’s commitment to keeping students safe as he visited a Washington, DC, middle school on Friday.
In a visit highlighting one part of his six-pronged plan to combat the pandemic, Biden addressed criticism from Republicans, including several governors, who say his new plan amounts to government overreach and that they plan to challenge it in court. The Republican National Committee has said it plans to sue the administration over the stringent new measures.
“Have at it. Look, I am so disappointed that, particularly some of the Republican governors have been so cavalier with the health of these kids, so cavalier with the health of their communities,” Biden said.
The President continued: “We’re playing for real here, this isn’t a game, and I don’t know of any scientist out there in this field that doesn’t think it makes considerable sense to do the six things I’ve suggested.”
He lamented the political polarization in the nation as some Republican governors have issued statewide bans on mask mandates and vaccines have become an area of deep division.
“One of the lessons I hope our students are going to learn is that politics doesn’t have to be this way. … They’re growing up in an environment where they see it’s like a war. Like a bitter feud. If the Democrat says right, everybody says left. … It’s not who we are as a nation, and it’s not how we beat every other crisis in our country. We gotta come together,” Biden said.
In his remarks, Biden expressed empathy for the academic and social anxiety compounded by the pandemic in the country’s classrooms.
“I want folks to know that we’re going to be OK. We know what it takes to keep our children safe and we have the tools to do it,” he said, reiterating his six-step plan, including provisions for schools including a vaccine requirement for all students over the age of 12.
“If schools follow the science — and they are here — and implement safety measures like vaccinations, testing, masking, then
Biden to GOP critics looking to challenge new vaccine requirements in court: ‘Have at it’
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