House Republicans Call for Hearing On Biden’s Inept Handling of the Pandemic

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 [2021]…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.

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.

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