116 3rd St SE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401
Recently, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced that she had rejected $95 million in federal money for coronavirus testing in schools because she didn’t think there was a need for testing. The funds were to be used for surveillance testing of school-age children.
Reynolds said she didn’t need President Joe Biden’s money. As we learn more about the COVID-19 virus and its variants, testing plays a key role in controlling the spread of the virus. The funds were sent to Iowa to keep our school children safe.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, last week 22.4 percent of the new cases were children. One year ago, children accounted for 3 percent.
It is very concerning that our Governor, who says she is pro-life, seems to have no problem in sending back $95 million that could have been used to keep our children healthy. COVID-19 does not respect the political affiliation of children’s parents, it will infect anyone it comes in contact with. If we don’t test, we have no idea if it is being spread until it is too late.
Sending back $95 million keeps our children at risk of becoming infected, spreading the virus, and possibly dying. She forces schools to open and then rejects funds that could have been used to keep children safe. This is not leadership; this is disregard for the safety of our children.
Pastor Dave Assmus