Representative Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Florida and Representative Ben McAdams, D-Utah became the first two U.S. Congress members to test positive for the coronavirus that is advancing across the country. Rep. Balart said he became ill with a headache and fever and chose to “self-quarantine in Washington, D.C.” He chose not to return to Florida as his wife is in the high risk group for the virus due to a pre-existing condition. Rep. McAdams said he came down with “mild cold-like symptoms” after returning to Utah. Following his doctor’s recommendation he is self-quarantining.
Several members of Congress are self-quarantining due to contact with Diaz-Balart and McAdams. These positive test results may renew a House debate regarding remote voting during the pandemic. Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats have challenged the idea worrying that it may indicate the government’s lack of confidence in the fight against the virus. Lawmakers from both parties have again requested House leaders reconsider remote voting.
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