Three members of Congress who’ve examined optimistic for the coronavirus this week say they consider their infections are linked to their time spent in a secure location with colleagues who didn’t put on masks throughout the rampage final week within the U.S. Capitol.
Consultant Brad Schneider, Democrat of Illinois, mentioned he acquired a optimistic take a look at end result Tuesday morning after driving house to Illinois, and that he didn’t have signs. Representatives Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey and Pramila Jayapal of Washington introduced optimistic exams on Monday.
The three lawmakers, all Democrats, straight blamed a gaggle of Home Republicans who refused to put on masks whereas sheltering in a safe location throughout the riot.
“At present, I’m now in strict isolation, anxious that I’ve risked my spouse’s well being and indignant on the selfishness and vanity of the anti-maskers who put their very own contempt and disrespect for decency forward of the well being and security of their colleagues and our workers,” Mr. Schneider mentioned.
He referred to as for lawmakers who ignore public well being steering to be sanctioned “and instantly faraway from the Home flooring by the sergeant-at-arms for his or her reckless endangerment of their colleagues.”
Home lawmakers will vote on Tuesday to impose a wonderful system for not sporting masks on the Home flooring, after repeated cases wherein Republicans have flouted a masks mandate on the ground. Lawmakers might be fined $500 for a primary offense and $2,500 for a second offense, a senior Democratic aide mentioned, and the fines might be straight deducted from a member’s paycheck.
The Home Workplace Constructing Commisssion might be contemplating the implementation of an identical wonderful system for a refusal to put on masks in Home workplace buildings and on the Home aspect of the Capitol.
Lawmakers, aides, law enforcement officials, reporters and others who fled to safe places throughout the siege have been warned that they may have been exposed to the virus.
On Sunday, Consultant Chuck Fleischmann of Tennessee, mentioned that he had examined optimistic for the virus after being uncovered to his roommate, Consultant Gus Bilirakis of Florida. Each males are Republicans.
Mr. Fleischmann told a Chattanooga TV station, WRCB, that he was despatched a message Wednesday afternoon, throughout the riot, saying that Mr. Bilirakis had examined optimistic, however that he didn’t obtain the message immediately as a result of he was sheltering in a secure place within the Capitol. Mr. Fleischmann informed the TV station that he didn’t know what number of different lawmakers he had contact with that day.
It was not clear whether or not Mr. Fleischmann was within the safe location with the maskless Republicans. When he introduced his personal prognosis, he urged the general public to put on masks and comply with security tips.
Democrats accused these Republicans who had not worn masks within the safe Home location of reckless indifference.
“It angers me once they refuse to stick to the instructions about maintaining their masks on,” Ms. Watson Coleman mentioned in an interview. “It comes off to me as vanity and defiance. And you may be each, however not on the expense of another person.”
Ms. Jayapal said on Twitter that she had examined optimistic “after being locked down in a secured room on the Capitol the place a number of Republicans not solely cruelly refused to put on a masks however recklessly mocked colleagues and workers who provided them one.”
Ms. Jayapal, who mentioned she had begun quarantining instantly after the siege on the Capitol, additionally mentioned that any member of Congress who didn’t put on a masks needs to be faraway from the ground by the sergeant-at-arms and fined.
“This isn’t a joke,” she said in a statement. “Our lives and our livelihoods are in danger, and anybody who refuses to put on a masks needs to be absolutely held accountable for endangering our lives due to their egocentric idiocy.”