President Trump Is Working To Give Students And Parents Flexibility And Schools The Support They Need To Reopen This Fall

ENCOURAGING SCHOOLS TO REOPEN SAFELY:
•        President Trump is calling for legislation to ensure that schools have the funding and incentives they need to safely reopen this fall, and empower families with school choice.
•        To encourage schools to make in-person classes available this fall, the President is requesting $105 billion in education funding as part of the next coronavirus relief bill—$70 billion of which will directly support K-12 education. Approximately $35 billion of the $70 billion will be reserved for schools that reopen.
•        If schools do not reopen, funding should follow students so parents can send their child to the private, charter, religious, or home school of their choice.

PROVIDING FLEXIBILITY TO PARENTS:
•        It is vital that parents be allowed to weigh both the benefits and risks of sending their child back to school, including the level of community spread and the makeup of their household, especially for multi-generational households.

PRIORITIZING THE WELFARE OF OUR NATION’S CHILDREN:
•        Failure to offer in-person classes could harm students’ development, especially those in disadvantaged communities.  Nationwide, nearly 30 million American students rely on schools for free or reduced meals.
•        More than 70% of children receiving mental health services do so at school, and nearly all therapies for children with intellectual or physical disabilities are performed at school.

President Trump Is Leading Unprecedented Efforts to Combat the Coronavirus and Save Lives

President Trump is delivering needed support to hot spot states across the country.
•        President Trump has aggressively responded to growing cases in hot spot states, surging personnel, testing, and therapeutics to areas in need.
•        The Trump Administration currently has zero unfilled requests for equipment from governors.
•        In recent weeks, the President has sent seniors officials to meet with State leaders in hot spot areas and provide recommendations to combat the virus.
•        Nearly 7,000 National Guard and military medical personnel are deployed in Texas, California, Florida, and Arizona.

President Trump will stop at nothing to save lives and protect vulnerable Americans.
•        As we’ve seen, elderly Americans and those with pre-existing conditions are especially vulnerable to the virus.
•        In one study, 90% of those hospitalized had underlying medical conditions.
•        Young adults often have mild or no symptoms.
•        The President has urged Americans to continue wearing masks, social distancing, and protecting the vulnerable.
Congress Didn’t Act on Prescription Drug Prices.  So, President Trump Did.
The President signed four sweeping executive orders on Friday, which together will significantly lower the cost of prescription drugs while increasing access to life-saving medications such as insulin:
•        The first order directs federally qualified health centers to pass along massive discounts on insulin and epinephrine from drug companies to low-income Americans.
•        The second order will allow the safe, legal importation of prescription drugs from Canada and other countries where the price for identical drugs is lower.
•        The third order will prohibit secret deals between drug manufacturers and pharmacy “benefit manager” middlemen, ensuring patients directly benefit from available discounts at the pharmacy counter.
•        The fourth order ensures the United States pays the lowest price available among economically advanced countries for Medicare Part B drugs. The United States often pays 80 percent more for these drugs than other developed nations.

“The four orders that I’m signing today will completely restructure the prescription drug market, in terms of pricing and everything else, to make these medications affordable and accessible for all Americans,” President Trump said.
Remarks by Vice President Pence in a Roundtable on Safely Reopening Schools

VICE PRESIDENT PENCE: “But the people of [North Carolina] deserve to know that it is — it’s not just the President and our White House Coronavirus Task Force that believes we should be back in school, but literally, the CDC, just last week, issued additional recommendations for operating schools.  But before all of that, the CDC took a position that children should be back in the classroom, that it is best for the children’s academic wellbeing.
But also, there are so many other aspects of a child’s health and wellbeing that are dealt with at our schools that we really do believe it’s in the best interest of our children to be back in the classroom.  And heeding to the guidance issued from CDC and state and local authorities, we believe we can safely reopen our schools.  We don’t want our kids to fall behind academically or to miss other key services.

And let’s be very clear: The one thing that we know, studying the data from around America and around the world, is the risk the coronavirus poses to healthy children is very low.  And we believe that with the right measures in place, we can safely operate our schools, just as you’re doing here at this great private school in North Carolina.

But my pledge to everyone here is that we’re going to continue to provide the guidance for you to safely operate the school, but we’re also going to make sure that the resources are there.”
To view more information https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/remarks-vice-president-pence-roundtable-safely-reopening-schools-apex-nc/

First Lady: ‘Be Best’ is Advocating that Every Child Find a Loving, Safe, and Forever Family

“America’s kids need us now more than ever,” First Lady Melania Trump writes.

“The disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have had a serious impact on America’s children and those who care for them, from parents and teachers to child welfare workers and foster families.  The Trump administration is committed to ensuring that children benefit from the care and support of loving, permanent families, preferably in their own homes whenever possible.  We are doing all we can to establish commonsense solutions that best serve our children in the welfare system.  As part of my Be Best campaign, I have made foster care a top priority. It remains our generation’s responsibility to help our children overcome the many issues they face today, which may include their social, emotional and physical well-being.
Right now, there are over 400,000 children and youth in the foster care system and 124,000 of them are awaiting permanent placement with a forever family. It is our time to be the voice for these thousands of children waiting for a forever family — and it is our time to decide on how we proceed so we can do the most for children in need.
On June 24, President Trump signed the historic Executive Order on Strengthening the Child Welfare System for America’s Children. This executive order aims to strengthen America’s child welfare system through three key actions: improving partnerships, resources and oversight.
The executive order is the next great step towards our goal of creating long-term solutions for America’s most vulnerable. And with this great momentum, I’m working with the Administration for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to continue our journey towards helping children waiting in the foster care system find loving, safe and forever families.”