Sunday shows preview: CDC school reopening guidance stirs debate; Texas battles winter freeze

Sunday shows preview: CDC school reopening guidance stirs debate; Texas battles winter freeze
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Debate over the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) most recent guidance on reopening schools amid the pandemic, as well as the winter weather ravaging Texas are expected to dominate this week’s Sunday talk shows. 

Last Friday, the CDC released long-awaited guidelines on a phased reopening for schools across the country. The agency, among its recommendations for a safe reopening, listed the universal wearing of masks by students, staff and teachers as well as social distancing. 

The CDC added that vaccinations for teachers should be prioritized, but "should not be considered a condition" for reopening schools. 

The recommendations prompted more questions aimed at the Biden administration, as experts are attempting to promote the safety of returning to schools, while teachers unions are pushing back against returning to in-person learning. 

Republicans have also criticized President Biden over claims that he is not pushing hard enough for schools to reopen. 

The issue of whether teachers should be vaccinated before returning to the classrooms was a main focus of debate this week, especially after Symone SandersSymone SandersHarris discusses voting rights with advocates in South Carolina White House 'looking into' woman claiming to be reporter at Harris press conference Harris's plane forced to return to Andrews after 'technical issue' MORE, a spokesperson for Vice President Harris, repeatedly declined to directly answer when asked if teachers need to be vaccinated in order for schools to safely reopen.

White House Press Secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiMaya Angelou, Cherokee Nation leader among women honored on newly minted quarters White House officials won't say if US will meet July vaccine goal Biden, Putin begin high-stakes summit in Geneva MORE on Wednesday clarified that “neither the president nor the vice president believe,” vaccinations are a requirement for teachers. 

Psaki is scheduled to appear on ABC’s “This Week,” on Sunday. 

Anthony FauciAnthony FauciOvernight Health Care: Takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision | COVID-19 cost 5.5 million years of American life | Biden administration investing billions in antiviral pills for COVID-19 Ex-Trump doctor turned GOP lawmaker wants Biden to take cognitive test White House officials won't say if US will meet July vaccine goal MORE, the nation’s top infectious disease expert and Biden’s chief medical adviser, said Wednesday that it would be "non-workable" to get every teacher vaccinated before schools reopen. He did however tell CBS's Gayle KingGayle KingFauci to Chelsea Clinton: The 'phenomenal amount of hostility' I face is 'astounding' Caitlyn Jenner: My family not 'involved whatsoever' in gubernatorial bid 'CBS This Morning' moving to new Times Square studio MORE that he believed teachers should be bumped up in vaccine priority.

Fauci will do a round of interviews on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” CNN’s “State of the Union” and “Fox News Sunday.”

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, who has publicly supported Biden’s $1.9 trillion relief package to start the safe reopening of schools, will also appear on NBC’s Sunday show. 

The White House also announced Saturday that Biden had approved a major disaster declaration for Texas as the state grapples with severe winter weather. 

The declaration will funnel federal funding to 77 of Texas’s 254 counties. It also allows individuals and businesses to apply for federal aid, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and grants to help support temporary housing and repairs for home damage. 

States of emergency have already been approved in Texas, as well as Louisiana and Oklahoma, as freezing temperatures have damaged infrastructure and residents suffer from widespread water shortages and power blackouts. 

Dozens of people have also been killed from car crashes and other incidents as a result of the winter storm across the states. 

Houston Mayor Sylvester TurnerSylvester TurnerBusiness opposition hasn't moved the needle in voting rights fight; sports might Regulator: Evidence suggests Texas 'absolutely' didn't follow recommendations to winterize power equipment Biden pledges support for Texas amid recovery from winter storm MORE (D) and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price (R) are both scheduled to appear on CBS’ “Face the Nation” this week. Texas Rep. Michael McCaulMichael Thomas McCaulHouse votes to repeal 2002 Iraq war powers GOP lawmakers urge Biden to add sanctions on Russia over Navalny poisoning Lawmakers urge Biden to be tough on cybersecurity during summit with Putin MORE (R) will appear on CNN's "Face The Nation." 

Below is the full list of guests scheduled to appear on this week's Sunday talk shows: 

ABC’s “This Week” — Psaki; Rep. Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseHillicon Valley: Senate unanimously confirms Chris Inglis as first White House cyber czar | Scrutiny mounts on Microsoft's surveillance technology | Senators unveil bill to crack down on cyber criminals Five takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision FCC votes to advance proposed ban on Chinese telecom equipment MORE (R-La.)

NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Fauci; Weingarten. 

CBS’ “Face the Nation" — National security adviser Jake SullivanJake SullivanBiden must be firm, but measured, in his message to Putin on cyberattacks NATO members agree to new cyber defense policy NATO tackling climate change for first time MORE; Turner; Price; Matthew Pottinger, deputy national security adviser to former President TrumpDonald TrumpChinese apps could face subpoenas, bans under Biden executive order: report Kim says North Korea needs to be 'prepared' for 'confrontation' with US Ex-Colorado GOP chair accused of stealing more than 0K from pro-Trump PAC MORE

CNN’s “State of the Union” — Fauci; McCaul; Rep. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalDemocrats shift tone on unemployment benefits Pelosi picks Democrats for special panel tackling inequality White House to Democrats: Get ready to go it alone on infrastructure MORE (D-Wash.); Gov. Asa HutchinsonAsa HutchinsonDOJ to states: Bans on transgender youth health care are unconstitutional The states taking steps to ban critical race theory Overnight Health Care: Biden asks intel community to 'redouble' efforts probing COVID-19 origins | Democrats announce plan to begin crafting public option insurance bill | Lawsuit challenges Arkansas abortion ban MORE (R-Ark.). 

“Fox News Sunday” — Fauci; Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates.

Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures” — Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold Johnson14 Republicans vote against making Juneteenth a federal holiday Senate passes bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday Jon Stewart: Coronavirus 'more than likely caused by science' MORE (R-WI), Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Senate Committee on Foreign Relations; Rep. Mike TurnerMichael Ray TurnerJ.D. Vance emerges as wild card in Ohio GOP Senate primary Senate Armed Services chair throws support behind changing roles of military commanders in sexual assault prosecutions Gillibrand: 'I definitely want to run for president again' MORE (R-Ohio), House Intel Committee, House Armed Services Committee; Stephen MillerStephen MillerShelby backs ex-aide over Trump-favored candidate in Alabama Senate race Pro-Trump group presses Biden officials for records on critical race theory The Memo: Biden feels the heat from all sides on immigration MORE, former White House senior adviser; Kash Patel, former chief of staff for the Department of Defense, former deputy assistant to the president.