Biden Adviser: $20 Billion for Schools in GOP Relief Proposal Not ‘Serious’ – ‘You Should Be Willing to Reopen’ Schools

by Ian Hanchett

On Monday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show,” White House Council of Economic Advisers member Jared Bernstein stated that there is a “whole cohort of kids” whose lifetime earnings will be reduced if they miss a year of school and the $20 billion for schools offered by Republicans in their coronavirus relief proposal isn’t a “serious” offer.

Bernstein said, “The president’s bill, the American Rescue Act, has 170 billion in it to reopen the schools. Now, I’ve got to stop here for a second. Because I don’t think this is a Democrat versus Republican issue. I don’t think it’s a blue state or a red state issue. There are a whole cohort of kids whose lifetime earnings will be permanently reduced, probably somewhere between 5% and 10% if they miss a year of schooling. There are 2 million parents, mostly moms, out of the labor market because of their care responsibilities. So, I don’t care what side of the aisle I’m on, you should be willing to reopen the schools and 20 billion is not a serious offer when it comes to that.”

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