In a joint assertion on Saturday, Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell (R-KY) declined President Trump’s supply to offer fast coronavirus assessments for members of Congress.
“Congress is grateful for the Administration’s beneficiant supply to deploy fast COVID-19 testing capabilities to Capitol Hill, however we respectfully decline the supply right now,” the statement reads. “Our nation’s testing capacities are persevering with to scale up nationwide and Congress desires to maintain directing sources to the front-line amenities the place they’ll do probably the most good probably the most shortly.”
Well being and Human Companies Secretary Alex Azar tweeted late Friday that 1,000 assessments and three rapid-results testing machines have been obtainable. The president tweeted at this time that there was “large CoronaVirus testing capability in Washington for the Senators” who’re resulting from report again to D.C. on Monday.
There may be large CoronaVirus testing capability in Washington for the Senators returning to Capital Hill on Monday. Likewise the Home, which ought to return however isn’t due to Loopy Nancy P. The 5 minute Abbott Check will likely be used. Please inform Dr. Brian P. Monahan. @MarkMeadows
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 2, 2020
Dr. Brian Monahan, the attending doctor on Capitol Hill, had informed GOP officers Thursday that there was capability solely to check senators and workers who have been sick, Politico reported. Monahan’s workplace issued safety guidelines for Hill staffers: they aren’t required to put on masks, however masks are advisable. All Hill workers will likely be required to bear each day well being assessments and temperature checks.