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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (Northern Mariana Islands)

FEMA should reverse its decision to stop helping schools pay for face masks and cleaning supplies to keep students and teachers safe. That was the point of the letter I sent, along with 52 of my Democratic colleagues, to FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor. His agency issued an interim rule, effective September 15, saying FEMA no longer classifies disinfection of classroom, temperature scanners, masks, and similar gear as “emergency protective measures” and will not reimburse schools for these expenses. Instead, these safety costs will fall on state and territorial governments that are already struggling with severe budget shortfalls due to the pandemic.