U.S. Senator Ben Sasse issued the following statement after the White House defined school reopening as “having 50 percent of schools open at least one day a week" by April 30.

“Schools are already clearing this low, low bar, so what is the White House talking about? Working moms and dads have been at the end of their ropes for months, and some kids have been out of school for nearly a year. When schools are closed poor families and kids with special needs suffer the most. Local, state, and federal officials should be following the science and getting kids back in schools as soon as possible. This shouldn't be political -- let's tie federal money to actual school reopening and make sure that we help these kids."