US House Republicans to sue Pelosi over remove proxy voting in pandemic

Sen. Mitch McConnell discusses prospects for another round of relief

US House Republicans to sue Pelosi over remove proxy voting in pandemic

"If they don't come to work, they shouldn't receive their taxpayer-funded paycheck".

In a Facebook live stream Wednesday night, Lewis said he was at the Capitol for a couple hours on May 14 and only interacted with a handful of people.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill, Thursday, May 7, 2020, in Washington.

"I just spent the better part of the last 11 weeks sitting across a room from people who would eventually test positive and decided not to tell us", Rep. Brian K. Sims said in a video live-streamed on Facebook.

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The announcement raised questions about how many other lawmakers were exposed to the coronavirus, whether they were tested and who was notified about a potential risk.

Critical funds for struggling businesses, the newly-unemployed and hard-hit state government remain in limbo after the Senate rejected a broad $3 trillion coronavirus package passed by the House of Representatives, which Republicans described as a "left-wing wish list". Unlike Democrats, many Republican lawmakers have chosen to continue traveling to the Capitol to attend session in person and have eschewed wearing masks.

The freshman lawmaker from Dauphin County, who is seeking a second-term of office this year, is the first Pennsylvania state lawmaker to test positive for the new virus.

Earlier that same day, he had appeared before a House committee, without a mask, to make the case for his resolution to end Gov. Tom Wolf's emergency declaration. He said he never developed symptoms and did not get tested.

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"We may need, as I said, one more plug here at the federal level to help us get through this period, but it will be very carefully crafted". "But they were testing positive and withholding that from us".

The Justice Department said it opposed the bill - which was originally written by Attorney General William Barr and members of Congress - because it had been changed in ways that would make it more hard "to identify and track terrorists and spies". He informed the other members of his party and went into isolation. Many restaurant owners feared that they would use up their loan money before being allowed to reopen, or reopening with reduced revenue because of social distancing requirements. It has also been the scene of several battles over how quickly to ease pandemic restrictions, with Democrats pushing for caution and Republicans, many from less-affected counties, encouraging a swifter reopening. "They were notifying one another and they didn't notify us".

Mike Straub, a spokesperson for House Republicans, declined to name any other members who may have been directed to quarantine, citing medical privacy laws.

US House of Representatives Republicans will sue Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi over rule changes that allow members to vote on each other's behalf during the coronavirus pandemic, Republican aides said on Tuesday. More than 73,000 positive cases have been identified in the state, and almost 5,300 individuals have died from COVID-19 during the first wave of the pandemic in the state.

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"Absolutely anyone, from anywhere in the Capitol, who may have been exposed within those guidelines was notified", Straub said.

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