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The coronavirus pandemic has introduced the every day work of Congress to a halt.
Home and Senate leaders delayed bringing again members till Could as a result of outbreak, as public well being pointers suggest continued social distancing.
Earlier than the 2 chambers switched to working remotely, the virus contaminated a number of lawmakers and compelled many extra members to self-quarantine. Some have introduced signs from their house districts.
Two Republican lawmakers, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar, had been the primary members of Congress to announce self-quarantines, on March 8. Each had attended the Conservative Political Motion Convention in Nationwide Harbor, Md., a couple of days earlier. An attendant on the convention had fallen ailing, its organizers revealed.
The next week, the primary two members of Congress introduced they’d examined optimistic for the sickness. Florida Republican Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart and Utah Democratic Rep. Ben McAdams each mentioned they developed signs after a March 14 vote on a coronavirus reduction bundle.
Because the outbreak unfold additional, dozens extra lawmakers have entered self-quarantines on account of publicity to somebody who was sick, together with fellow members of Congress, constituents and dignitaries. For instance, two Republican senators from Utah, Mitt Romney and Mike Lee, quarantined after their colleague, Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul, examined optimistic. Paul was on Capitol Hill and asymptomatic simply earlier than receiving his optimistic check consequence on March 22.
By the tip of March, Congress had entered into an prolonged recess with lawmakers largely restricted to working from house.
Leaders have mentioned members of Congress should take particular precautions to return to Washington, D.C., to vote on any new coronavirus reduction measures.