Senate returns to Washington while House remains remote
The Senate returned to Washington on Monday amid ever-present coronavirus concerns.
Fox News reports that while senators have returned, many staffers are still working remotely, as the Capitol Attending Physician recommends each office have “as few people as necessary.” Those who have returned to work have been advised to wear masks and to social distance whenever possible.
“We will continue to stand together for the American people — even as we stand six feet apart,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in a Friday statement.
However, the House will not be returning to Washington this week.
Republican lawmakers are urging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to reopen the House. On Monday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) released his plan to safely reopen.
In regard to why the members of the House should return, McCarthy said, “First, the business of the People’s House is ‘essential work’ that must not be sidelined or ground to a halt. Second, there is intrinsic value in a Congress — a physical meeting of people and ideas — that should be dutifully guarded. And third, any changes to centuries-old rules and precedents of the House should be done in a deliberate and bipartisan way.
“As we enter this indeterminate period between outright mitigation and a return to normalcy, everyone recognizes that our typical ways of doing business will need to adjust. Simply put, Congress will look and feel different,” he continued. “However, we believe there is a pathway forward that enables the House to fully perform its key functions without compromising our shared values or sacrificing bedrock norms.”
House Democrats have yet to respond.
“It’s clear that Democrats have no idea how to run the House during this critical time,” said Mark Bednar, a McCarthy spokesman. “Worse still, Democrats are now willing to sacrifice over 200 years of precedent to atone for their lack of planning and leadership.”
Hopefully, the House will return to Washington soon. Until then, critical discussions will be held, and critical decisions made, from all corners of the country.
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