Tuesday | August 10, 2021

Scott Urges Colleagues to Put Kids First and Reopen American Schools

WASHINGTON—Today, U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.) delivered remarks on the Senate floor urging his colleagues to support his amendment to reopen schools. Senator Scott, as part of his Opportunity Agenda, has been leading the charge to fully reopen schools and bring to light the psychological and mental effects school closures have on young Americans.

The amendment is cosponsored by Senators Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Braun (R-Ind.), Cornyn (R-Texas), Hawley (R-Mo.), Inhofe (R-Okla.), Lankford (R-Okla.), Rubio (R-Fla.), Sasse (R-Neb.), Tillis (R-N.C.), and Young (R-Ind.).

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Remarks As Delivered

"In over a year of uncertainty and the pain of living through a pandemic, I have to admit I am shocked that I have to come down here to talk about the importance of quality, in-person education.

"Today, we are debating a $4 trillion tax and spending bill.

"And that’s ON TOP of the $2 trillion we spent in March and the $4 trillion we spent last year.

"How insane is it that with all that spending, there’s still no guarantee that our kids will be back in school this fall?

"The sad reality is more than 1 million kids did not enroll in their local schools during the pandemic.

"Thanks to labor union bosses and their unneeded and damaging school shutdowns, kids have been kept out of school and many — far too many — have suffered psychologically.

"For our children’s sake, I urge all my colleagues to vote YES on my amendment and to join me in ensuring our children are no longer confined to virtual learning."

Text of the amendment can be found here.

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