Members of Congress say more testing needed at US Capitol


WASHINGTON (NewsNation Now) — Democrats and Republicans Friday said the news of President Donald Trump’s positive coronavirus test should reinforce the need for more testing at the Capitol.

“We can always do more testing. I think that simply makes good sense. The answer here for everybody is testing, testing, testing,” said Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.)

So far, more than a dozen lawmakers have contracted coronavirus. Sen. Mike Lee, a Utah Republican, announced Friday he was positive. Unlike the White House, there is no mandatory testing of staff or members at the Capitol.

Congressman Rodney Davis, an Illinois Republican, blamed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for not doing enough testing.

“We’ve got to continue to push the speaker to make the right decision. Let’s implement a testing regime because even the best testing regime in the world at the White House still shows us today that the virus can spread. And we’re not doing enough here to protect the lower wage workers, the folks who work at this campus even when Congress is not in session,” Davis said.

The office of the attending physician at the Capitol said in a statement today that members of Congress who have symptoms or may have been exposed can get tested. Staffers may get tested if they for sure have been exposed to an infected person.

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