A third Democratic U.S. lawmaker says he has tested positive for COVID-19 days after being locked down for hours with other colleagues, including Republicans who did not wear face masks, to avoid the mob that attacked the U.S. Capitol.
Days after facing the violent threat of a mob insurrection, lawmakers are grappling with a new threat – a coronavirus outbreak.
So far three House democrats announced positive results after being locked down with Republican colleagues – some of whom refused to wear a mask for hours as they avoided the mob that stormed the Capitol building Wednesday.
The exposure adds another worrisome consequence following Wednesday’s attack on Congress by pro-Trump rioters – that the siege was also a superspreader event.
Watson Coleman, a 75-year-old cancer survivor, said she was awaiting results from a more comprehensive test after her rapid COVID-19 test came back positive.
All three have blamed Republicans for refusing to wear masks while isolated for hours in close quarters, and said they are quarantining.
Jayapal said on Twitter Monday that during the lock down QUOTE “several Republicans not only cruelly refused to wear a mask but recklessly mocked colleagues and staff who offered them one,” adding QUOTE “I’m calling for every single Member who refuses to wear a mask in the Capitol to be fined and removed from the floor by the Sergeant at Arms.” Schneider added Tuesday QUOTE “We can no longer tolerate Members coming to the floor or gathering in the halls of Congress without doing the bare minimum to protect those around them.” At least six Republican representatives refused to wear masks, CNN reported, citing video and photos posted online.
Health officials have warned the attack may become a major spreading event, not only among lawmakers but also nationwide as the mostly maskless Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol traveled home from Washington.
Despite guidance from national health authorities that says properly worn face masks can help reduce the spread of the highly contagious disease, their use has become a political flashpoint.
CNN’s Anderson Cooper talks to World Central Kitchen founder Jose Andres, who has been feeding National Guard soldiers protecting the US Capitol. Watch Anderson Cooper Full Circle Monday, Tuesday and Friday this week at 6p E.T.
U.S. President Donald Trump urged prayers for the new administration in a farewell address, as he leaves office with nearly 400,000 Americans dead of the coronavirus whose risk he downplayed, an economy struggling from the pandemic, and relationships strained with key U.S. allies. This report produced by Chris Dignam.
While addressing farewell speech on January 19, US President Donald Trump said, "All Americans were horrified by the assault on our Capitol. Political violence is an attack on everything we cherish as Americans, it can never be tolerated. Now more than ever we must unify around our shared values." "We imposed historic and monumental tariffs on China; made a great new deal with China... Our trade relationship was rapidly changing, billions and billions of dollars were pouring into the US, but the virus forced us to go in a different direction," he added. On January 20, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be taking the oath.
On her Fox Business show, Maria Bartiromo falsely claimed that the mob that stormed the US Capitol was “infiltrated” by Democrats who dressed in MAGA clothes. CNN’s Anderson Cooper and global affairs analyst Max Boot discuss.
Former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is now being confirmed for another top job--that of Treasury Secretary in the Biden administration. And according to Business Insider, she says raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour would have little to no impact on employment. Democrats support raising the minimum wage, but it remains a partisan issue due to its potential effects on the economy. GOP lawmakers consistently argue that raising the minimum wage would cost the country millions of jobs.
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) spoke on the floor of the Senate for the first time since a deadly riot at the US capitol and said that the mob who invaded the building were “fed lies and provoked by the President.”
Former FBI Director James Comey gave an interview to the Guardian. In the interview he eviscerated President Donald Trump, his supporters, and the Republican Party. He described the pro-Trump riot at the Capitol as the US's "Chernobyl." Comey said the riots were the result of a breakdown in the country's checks and balances caused by Trump. Comey has been forthright about the president in recent days.
Democrats’ stunning sweep of the two Georgia Senate runoffs in January may just be the beginning. In this latest episode of The Point on YouTube, CNN’s Chris Cillizza explains why the 2022 map of Senate races looks very encouraging for the Democratic Party.
"Why would we merge with Congress party, they are too small in West Bengal," said Vice-President of West Bengal All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) Saugata Roy on January 19. "Adhir Ranjan's party is too small in West Bengal. They won only 2 seats here in Lok Sabha elections, why would we merge with them? They (Congress) should fight BJP on their own. There is no question of joining hands with Congress. TMC can fight BJP alone," said Roy.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar slammed Congress over its booklet over farm laws 'kheti ka khoon teen kale kanoon' released by party leader Rahul Gandhi. He asked Congress is talking about 'kheti ka khoon' but what about bloodbath during the partition? "3,000 Sikhs were burnt alive in Delhi in 1984. Was it not bloodshed?...Lakhs of farmers died by suicide during Congress rule, was there no blood in their bodies?," Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi releases a booklet over the three farm laws of central government at the party headquarters in Delhi
Describing himself as “a proud son of the state of Delaware,” U.S. President-elect Joe Biden bid a heartfelt goodbye on Tuesday to the state where he served as U.S. senator for 36 years and made his way to Washington, D.C., where he led a memorial service to remember the American lives lost to COVID, on the eve of his inauguration. Gavino Garay reports.
Twelve Army National Guard members have been removed from inauguration duty in Washington, DC, as part of the security vetting process initiated, in part, to ensure troops tasked with securing the ceremony do not have ties to extremist groups, the Chief of the National Guard Bureau said. CNN’s Anderson Cooper speaks with Provost Marshal of the National Guard Bureau Col. Michael Dugas.
A dozen members of the U.S. National Guard have been removed from duty helping secure the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden after vetting, which included screening for potential ties to right-wing extremism, Pentagon officials said on Tuesday. This report produced by Jillian Kitchener.