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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 SandersSunday shows preview: CDC school reopening guidance stirs debate; Texas battles winter freeze White House says teacher vaccinations not required for schools to reopen CNN's John Berman chides White House aide on reopening schools: 'Not a trick question' 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 PsakiDocuments show strained capacity at US border facilities: CNN Overnight Defense: DC Guard chief testifies about hampered Capitol attack response | US contractor dies of heart attack after Iraq rocket attack | Pentagon watchdog finds 'inappropriate conduct' by ex-White House doctor Here's who Biden is now considering for budget chief 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 FauciFauci donates personal COVID-19 virus model to Smithsonian Fauci warns of risks from single-dose strategy for Pfizer, Moderna vaccines MAGALand in Orlando 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 KingSunday shows preview: CDC school reopening guidance stirs debate; Texas battles winter freeze Sanders spotted wearing his iconic inauguration look a week later Woman who made Sanders's mittens says she's sold out 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 TurnerBiden pledges support for Texas amid recovery from winter storm Biden turns focus to winter storm with Texas trip Houston mayor: Biden visit 'would not be a distraction' 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 McCaulMcCaul says Trump has responsibility to tell potential Capitol attackers to 'stand down' Threats to Capitol prompt House to cancel Thursday votes Blinken speaks with Ethiopian leader about human rights concerns in Tigray 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 ScaliseBiden's COVID, border policies prove he's serious about neither Republican rips GOP lawmakers for voting by proxy from CPAC Merrick Garland is right to prioritize domestic terrorism, but he'll need a bigger boat MORE (R-La.)

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

CBS’ “Face the Nation" — National security adviser Jake SullivanJake SullivanA Biden stumble on China? Iran, hostages and déjà vu — Biden needs to do better Biden to detail 'roadmap' for partnership with Canada in meeting with Trudeau MORE; Turner; Price; Matthew Pottinger, deputy national security adviser to former President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse passes voting rights and elections reform bill DEA places agent seen outside Capitol during riot on leave Georgia Gov. Kemp says he'd 'absolutely' back Trump as 2024 nominee MORE

CNN’s “State of the Union” — Fauci; McCaul; Rep. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalDemocrats snipe on policy, GOP brawls over Trump House Democrats' ambitious agenda set to run into Senate blockade Progressives push White House to overturn wage ruling MORE (D-Wash.); Gov. Asa HutchinsonAsa HutchinsonWhy do we still punish crack and powder cocaine offenses differently? Trump to attend private RNC donor retreat The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Tanden's odds plummet to lead OMB MORE (R-Ark.). 

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

Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures” — Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonSenate coronavirus bill delayed until Thursday Democrats cut deals to bolster support for relief bill Senate GOP will force clerks to read bill to delay COVID-19 relief vote MORE (R-WI), Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Senate Committee on Foreign Relations; Rep. Mike TurnerMichael Ray TurnerSunday shows preview: CDC school reopening guidance stirs debate; Texas battles winter freeze Former Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel jumps into Senate race Democrats will expand their Senate majority in 2022 MORE (R-Ohio), House Intel Committee, House Armed Services Committee; Stephen MillerStephen MillerHouse plans for immigration bills add uncertainty on Biden proposal Trump reemerges to legacy being erased by Biden Pence huddles with senior members of Republican Study Committee MORE, former White House senior adviser; Kash Patel, former chief of staff for the Department of Defense, former deputy assistant to the president.