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

Cheryl Sanders
May 28, 2020

But the Republican conference is divided over how much money should be spent on unemployment, payroll protection programs and bailouts for states who now face massive black holes in their budgets from the cost of responding to COVID-19. "This is outrageous and immoral", Democratic Rep. Kevin Boyle told reporters.

Sims demanded an investigation into the matter by Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, and said that Republican leadership should resign from their positions for their failure to inform all lawmakers about what was happening.

Lewis said on his last day at the Capitol on May 14, he encountered only a handful of people that he typically crosses paths with in carrying out his legislative duties.

"I can confirm every member or staff member who met the criteria for exposure was immediately contacted and required to self-isolate for 14 days from their date of possible exposure", Lewis said in a statement released Wednesday.


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. He continued to say that "every day, the committee has met so that its members could line up and explain that it was safe to go back to work", but that "meanwhile, we are learning that during that time period, they were testing positive". Democrats have pushed a $3 trillion-plus measure through the House, but negotiations with the GOP-controlled Senate and White House have yet to begin.

Though not the state most heavily hit in the country in terms of coronavirus, Pennsylvania has been dealing with a high number of cases and deaths as a result of the disease.

During the coronavirus pandemic, Republican lawmakers, who control the Pennsylvania House and Senate, have tried to push Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf to allow more businesses to reopen.

Straub declined to specify which legislators were notified or how many, citing HIPAA laws and privacy, but he noted that tracing who Lewis had come into contact with at the Capitol in the days before the lawmaker tested positive was "easily verified". Diamond told Spotlight PA that he does not have any symptoms and did not get tested.


Upon hearing the news Wednesday, Democrats immediately began demanding answers from their Republican colleagues about why they had not been informed sooner that one of their colleagues had tested positive. "I wore a mask". 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.

"In the next month or so we'll be talking about possibly another bill", he added.

Kenyatta said he and his partner were both tested Wednesday after hearing the news.

It appears the House, with four times as many members as the 100-person Senate, could be out of session for much of June as well.


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