3rd Lawmaker Tests Positive, Points a Finger

Rep. Brad Schneider blames Republicans, too
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 12, 2021 11:32 AM CST
3rd Lawmaker Tests Positive
US Rep. Brad Schneider (IL-10) greets US Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08) with an elbow bump during a press conference outside the USPS Chicago Headquarters on Aug. 18, 2020.   (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Make that three lawmakers who've tested positive for coronavirus after sheltering at the US Capitol. Illinois Rep. Brad Schneider announced Tuesday that he had tested positive, joining fellow Democrats Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey and Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington state. Coleman and Jayapal both assigned blame to Republicans who refused to wear masks during lockdown at the Capitol; Schneider did the same. "I was forced to spend several hours in a secure but confined location with dozens of other Members of Congress," including "several Republican lawmakers" who "adamantly refused to wear a mask ... even when politely asked by their colleagues," Schneider said in a statement, per NBC Chicago.

Schneider was tested Monday, the same day he appeared on MSNBC to express concern about possible exposure. He said he hadn't been able to give his wife a hug since Wednesday because "I'm sleeping in the basement, I'm isolating," per NBC. "And that's the consequence of the selfishness and the arrogance of a few of these Republican members." "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," he said Tuesday, echoing Jayapal in calling for maskless members to be "immediately removed from the House floor." He said he wasn't experiencing symptoms and would register any votes by proxy, per the Chicago Sun-Times. (More coronavirus stories.)

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