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 SandersWhite 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’ Exclusive ‘Lucky’ excerpt: Vow of Black woman on Supreme Court was Biden turning point 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 PsakiBiden won’t pull Tanden nomination, says she’ll get the votes On The Money: What’s next for Neera Tanden’s nomination Manchin to oppose Biden’s pick of Neera Tanden 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: Biden visits Pfizer vaccine manufacturing plant in Michigan | Snow delays 6 million doses | Israeli study provides new evidence in one-dose debate Blumenthal pushes Facebook, Twitter to remove vaccine misinformation targeting pregnant women The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Vaccination outlook for the spring 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 KingSanders spotted wearing his iconic inauguration look a week later Woman who made Sanders’s mittens says she’s sold out Inauguration Sanders takes over internet 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 TurnerMural honoring George Floyd unveiled outside of his high school alma mater in Houston Houston will send residents checks of up to ,200 for pandemic relief Houston mayor warns of 0 fine for not wearing face mask 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 McCaulLangevin hopeful new Armed Services panel will shine new spotlight on cybersecurity Are former Trump officials in hot water, or are China’s sanctions just hot air? China central to GOP efforts to push back on Biden 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 ScaliseThe Hill’s Morning Report – Disaster politics hobble Cruz, Cuomo Trump-McConnell rift divides GOP donors Trump turned down meeting at Mar-a-Lago with Nikki Haley MORE (R-La.)

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

CBS’ “Face the Nation” — National security adviser Jake SullivanJake SullivanBiden speaks to Netanyahu for first time since taking office White House says Netanyahu call will be Biden’s first to region Biden’s (mostly) straight talk on China MORE; Turner; Price; Matthew Pottinger, deputy national security adviser to former President TrumpDonald TrumpUN report says Erik Prince violated arms embargo against Libya: report Lee after Romney’s impeachment vote: There’s enough room in GOP ‘for both of us’ Nunes lawsuit against CNN thrown out MORE

CNN’s “State of the Union” — Fauci; McCaul; Rep. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalHealth care industry groups back ObamaCare reforms proposed by Democrats Meet President Biden’s legislative affairs chief Senate Democrats likely to face key test of unity on 2022 budget MORE (D-Wash.); Gov. Asa HutchinsonAsa HutchinsonArkansas state senator says he’s leaving Republican Party Arkansas Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin drops gubernatorial campaign, to run for attorney general Pass the rescue bill — with or without Republicans MORE (R-Ark.). 

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

Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures” — Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonTrump ready to make McConnell’s life miserable Ossoff named chairman of Senate investigations subcommittee Milwaukee Bucks exec announces run for Johnson’s Senate seat MORE (R-WI), Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Senate Committee on Foreign Relations; Rep. Mike TurnerMichael Ray TurnerFormer Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel jumps into Senate race Democrats will expand their Senate majority in 2022 The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Which path will Democrats take on COVID-19 bill? MORE (R-Ohio), House Intel Committee, House Armed Services Committee; Stephen MillerStephen MillerLarry Kudlow debuts to big ratings on Fox Business Network Liberal watchdog group files ethics complaint over Boebert’s reimbursements Sunday shows preview: New COVID-19 variants spread in US; Redditors shake Wall Street with Gamestop stock MORE, former White House senior adviser; Kash Patel, former chief of staff for the Department of Defense, former deputy assistant to the president.

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