On Monday, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.) urged House Democrats to organize a hearing that will tackle President Biden’s incompetent handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a letter addressed to House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), the GOP statesmen openly lambasted Biden over his empty promises.
“President Biden’s first year in office was one full of broken promises. He promised to ‘shut down the virus.’ He promised ‘by next Christmas …I think that there’ll be significantly fewer people having to be socially distanced [and] have to wear masks…’ He promised to ‘improve the availability of tests.’ He promised to not ‘demand that [the vaccine] be mandatory.’ And he promised he had a national plan to ‘get this virus under control,'” Scalise and Comer wrote.
GOP lawmakers claimed that the House leadership was more accommodating to the Biden administration than the Trump administration. They cited how the Select Subcommittee of the Coronavirus sent Trump White House 31 letters in 2020 while Biden received 10 in 2021 in his first year as an elected member.
Scalise & Comer identified three areas where Biden failed to respond in his COVID-19 responses: not providing sufficient at-home coronavirus testing, abandoning his national plan, and politicizing the vaccine.
🚨🚨 Just sent a letter to Biden urging him to stand up to the radical teachers unions once again forcing schools to shut down.— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) January 7, 2022
He called for kids to be back in the classroom.
Will he stick to that?
Or let the union bosses call the shots again?
Sadly we know the answer. pic.twitter.com/cRCWxCwRkx
Separately, Democrats accused Republicans of politicizing vaccines. They cited polls that showed conservatives were less likely to be vaccinated as well as statements by GOP lawmakers critical of vaccines.
Lack of testing has been a problem of the country in the wake of the pandemic. Biden admitted last month that he regretted not increasing testing supplies sooner. However, he said that he didn’t see the current shortage of tests as a failure.
“I don’t think it’s a failure,” Biden said in an interview, while admitting that “nothing has been good enough” in the pandemic efforts so far.
“You could argue that we should have known a year ago, six months ago, two months ago, a month ago. I wish I had thought about ordering half a billion [tests] two months ago,” Biden added.
Dems refuse to hold the Biden Admin responsible for the damage their political COVID policies have done to this country.— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) January 10, 2022
Officials from Fauci & Walensky on down must face questions UNDER OATH on what The Science™️ really is.
Time for accountability.
We're calling for hearings.