GOP Senator Blocks Resolution Asking for the Release of CDC Guidelines

Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.) blocked a Democratic resolution that would have called for the release of the reopening guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) pushed for the release of the CDC guidelines during a Senate session on Wednesday, saying, “I wish President Trump and his aides could be trusted to tell the American people the truth about this public health crisis.”

Schumer was arguing for the release of the CDC’s re-opening guidelines amid reports that the White House guidelines are less restrictive than those put together by the CDC.

“I wish President Trump and his aides could be trusted to tell the American people the truth about this public health crisis. … The point is that America needs and must have the candid guidance of our best scientists unfiltered, unedited, uncensored by President Trump or his political minion,” Schumer said.

But Braun argued that Schumer is “really trying to let career regulators and agencies like the CDC bog down the economy again with Bureaucratic hurdles.”

He also argued, “The White House task force have been beyond transparent in the midst of this outbreak, indeed holding unprecedented amount of daily press briefings and allowing a free flow of information that has been central to the White House’s re-opening efforts.”

The Indiana lawmaker said, “This is not about transparency, the White House is always going to be in favor of transparency … This is about the minority leader trying to use the bureaucracy at the CDC to bog down the economy.”

Braun also blamed the CDC for the mishandling of the coronavirus response, saying that the CDC’s “missteps on testing forced us to take a one-size-fits-all approach.”

He also said that the “stodginess” in the CDC delayed the testing process.

There has been increasing criticism from some Republicans who have reportedly blamed the career officials at agencies like the CDC for the bottomed-out economy.

Specifically, there has been criticism of infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, who is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. But other Republicans, like Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), have praised Fauci. Cheney recently called him “among the finest public servants we have ever had.”


  1. Seems to me, Chuck, that the CDC and so called experts are the ones educating Trump. So tell, me…why is Trump at fault? Even Dr. Birx said something about not trusting the CDC. They all would have been more respected if they simply stated they didn’t know because this pandemic is unprecedented. Time to bring in doctors who have actually been working in the field of taking care of covid19 patients…that is hands-on experience. Sickening to hear Fauci say that hydroxychloroquine isn’t the right drug while many doctors are having great success with it.

    1. Fauci, and the CDC, are tools and creations of the drug and vaccine industry. They have no place dictating procedures for reopening our economy. President Trump needs to distance his administration from Fauci and the CDC and proceed full speed ahead in reopening the economy.

  2. As my Congressman said, States are too different to put out a one size fits all.

  3. I have lost trust in all these government agencies and experts. Regardless of the well known knowledge on infectious disease and prevention and data collected on this new virus the highly respected experts refuse to alter their original, one-size-fits-all, death and dying predictions. The drama kings and queens of the media love this. People who live in reality have moved on.

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