Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's resolution calling for release of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) guidance on reopening America failed to pass in the Senate on Wednesday.
According to media reports, the CDC report offered specific, tailored recommendations and detailed flow charts to help guide states, local governments, businesses, schools, churches and religious institutions, and individuals on when and how to begin to easing social distancing currently in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus, without causing undue risks to public health, and preventing the recurrence of a second wave, and more infections and more deaths.
But in response to the media's reporting at the time, Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the CDC, said that the prematurely leaked documents were still in “draft form” and had not yet been vetted through an interagency review process.
“I had not seen a version of the guidance incorporating interagency and task force input and therefore was not yet comfortable releasing a final work product," he said on May 9.
The Democratic leader had argued in the Senate that the president was working to edit the CDC’s work, and that he and his "staff of yes-people simply cannot be trusted to tell the truth about the coronavirus."
"So it is difficult if not impossible to imagine any legitimate, constructive purpose in a desire by the President or his staff to edit the CDC’s work," he said.
Redfield was pressed on the status of the CDC guidelines again during his testimony to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions on Tuesday, when he said that the CDC's recommendations would soon be released on the CDC's website, although he did not specify a date.
He again denied that the CDC's guidance had been shelved by the Trump administration.
He added that while the final document is being prepared, "the CDC stands by to give technical assistance to any state upon any request."
"We’ll give guidance directly to anyone in your state on any circumstance that your state desires guidance from."