Third House Democrat tests positive for COVID-19

by Peter Heck · Jan 13th, 2021 8:41 am

Last Updated Jan 14th, 2021 at 4:52 pm

Representative Brad Schneider (D-IL), who became the third Democrat lawmaker on Capitol Hill to test positive for COVID-19 since the riots last Wednesday, is blaming his diagnosis on his Republican colleagues, whom he said refused to wear masks during the siege.

"After narrowly escaping a violent mob incited by the president of the United States to attack the Capitol and its occupants, I was forced to spend several hours in a secure but confined location with dozens of other members of Congress," Schneider said. "Several Republican lawmakers in the room adamantly refused to wear a mask…even when politely asked by their colleagues. Today, I am now in strict isolation, worried that I have risked my wife's health and angry at the selfishness and arrogance of the anti-maskers who put their own contempt and disregard for decency ahead of the health and safety of their colleagues and our staff."

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) are the other two recent positive cases. Jayapal also blamed her condition on Republicans who "cruelly refused to wear a mask."


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