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Top Biden aide says schools should get money before they reopen

Top Biden aide says schools should get money before they reopen
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Ron KlainRon KlainKlain on Harris breaking tie: 'Every time she votes, we win' Murkowski never told White House she would oppose Tanden Who is the Senate parliamentarian and why is she important? MORE, President Biden’s chief of staff, said schools should get more federal aid before they reopen amid a debate over starting in-class learning.

When asked on CNN what schools would need to reopen safely, Klain simply responded, “Money.”

“That’s why the president of the United States sent a plan to Congress even before he took office, to make the investments you need to make the schools safe,” he said. 

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“President Biden has sent a plan to Congress that would make sure that a majority of our schools can be open within 100 days. We need Congress to pass that plan so we can do the kinds of things you need to do so that schools can be safe, so that teachers can be safe, so that students can be safe. Sadly, it costs money,” he added. 

Biden has introduced a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package that would take several steps to blunt the spread of the virus, including allocating funds to schools to beef up their safety measures. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Tuesday that that there is "reassuring" evidence that there have not been widespread coronavirus transmissions in schools. 

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"As many schools have reopened for in-person instruction in some parts of the US as well as internationally, school-related cases of COVID-19 have been reported, but there has been little evidence that schools have contributed meaningfully to increased community transmission," the CDC researchers said.

The remarks come as states across the country explore ways to safely reopen classrooms amid a national spike in coronavirus cases. However, some teachers unions have been adamant that their members are still not comfortable with returning to the classroom. 

“Most of the teachers I talk to, they want to be back in the classroom,” Klain said. “They just want to know that it’s safe, and we as a country should make the investments to make it safe.”