A group of Democratic lawmakers put forward legislation on Tuesday to great members of Congress $1,000 if they refuse to wear masks on U.S. Capitol premises amid the coronavirus pandemic. A minimum of 3 Democratic Home members evaluated positive after safeguarding in place with Republican associates who declined to wear masks amid the attack on the Capitol last week.
Democratic Agents Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey, Pramila Jayapal of Washington and Brad Schneider of Illinois announced today that they checked favorable for the infection. Watson Coleman revealed she was positive and was receiving treatment on Monday. Schneider and Jayapal announced they had actually checked favorable on Tuesday.
The proposed procedure would amend House rules so that legislators would be needed to use a face mask on Capitol grounds or be subject to a $1,000 fine daily until the pandemic ends.
” It is not brave to decline to use a mask, it is selfish, foolish, and shameful behavior that puts lives at risk,” Representative Debbie Dingell, a Michigan Democrat, said in a declaration revealing the legislation. Dingell put forward the step with Representative Anthony Brown, a Maryland Democrat. The legislation was co-sponsored by 15 other Home members.
” Days ago, a colleague of ours died from this virus and left behind a beautiful, young family to grieve his loss. Yet still, in the midst of a deadly assault on our United States Capitol, a variety of our Republican coworkers laughed off guidelines created to keep not just their colleagues safe, however to secure the lives of the teams of employees keeping things going, law enforcement, and staff throughout the Capitol,” Dingell added. “Now, three of our associates are experiencing the virus.”
Newsweek reached out for comment to a press representative for GOP House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California but did not hear back before publication
” Following the occasions of Wednesday, consisting of safeguarding with numerous associates who refused to wear masks, I chose to take a Covid test,” Watson Coleman tweeted on Monday. “I have checked positive.”
She supplied an upgrade later on in the day, writing on Twitter: “While I feel okay, on my doctor’s guidance I’m on my method to a regional hospital for monoclonal antibody treatment. I thank you for the profusion of helpful messages.”
In an early Tuesday morning Twitter post, Jayapal said, “I simply received a positive COVID-19 test outcome after being locked down in a protected room at the Capitol where numerous Republicans not just cruelly refused to wear a mask but recklessly buffooned associates and staff who offered them one.”
Later Tuesday morning, Schneider tweeted, “Unfortunately, I got a favorable COVID-19 test this morning following being checked the other day on the advice of the House Attending Doctor.”
The congressman pointed out that he had been “forced to spend numerous hours in a protected however restricted place with dozens of other Members of Congress” throughout the pro-Trump insurrection at the Capitol on Wednesday.
After the riot carried out by President Donald Trump’s supporters in the nation’s Capitol last Wednesday, video flowed of Republican lawmakers decreasing masks when they were used. Representative Eric Swalwell, a California Democrat, informed San Francisco TV station KGO that “dozens” of his GOP coworkers were not using masks throughout the lockdown.
” Many people were making fun of our efforts to have them masked,” Swalwell said. “Among my associates, Lisa Blunt Rochester of Delaware, she went and got a stack of masks and asked them if they would put the masks on, and they just smirked and shook their head and basically informed her to buzz off … It was disgusting.”