As some teachers unions oppose resuming regular in-person education due to coronavirus concerns, House Republican Whip Rep. Steve Scalise says that American schools should reopen.

“Maybe you need a children’s union to compete with the teachers union, because the children need to be represented,” Scalise said during an interview on the John Solomon Reports podcast.

The no. 2 House Republican said that “so many millions of children right now are being denied future opportunity because their local union is standing in the way of those parents being able to send their kids back to school safely. And it can be done. The guidance and the science is there. The will needs to be there too.”

Scalise wants to know if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi turned down an offer of National Guard troops prior to the Jan. 6 riot and breach of the U.S. Capitol.

“And now we’re finding out that at some level, high level of Capitol Police, they were potentially offered hundreds if not thousands of National Guard. And there are reports that it was a political decision not a Capitol Police decision at some level. Did Speaker Pelosi know about this?” Scalise questioned. The Louisiana Republican raised the question of whether Pelosi was ever asked if she wished to accept an offer of National Guard service members. “Did she say no? Did someone else say no? At what level, at what highest level, was that issue raised and at what level was the help rejected?” he asked.

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