House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) prevented legislators in Washington D.C. from being tested for the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus, said Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.).
“I mean these protocols have been out there and the testing capabilities have been out there for a long time. They were offered to the speaker and she turned it down,” said Scalise, according to the Oct. 4 Daily Wire.
He added, “I think it’s something that should have been in Congress for a few weeks now.
Scalise supports the request for tests to diagnose the congressmen’s status regarding possible contamination with the CCP Virus.
Pelosi’s refusal to allow testing in Congress contrasts sharply with her statements that she did take the test but that the attention in the White House has not been as adequate as it has on Capitol Hill, CBS News reported on Oct. 4.
“Can you clarify how often you are being tested personally and whether you should be quarantined?” Face the Nation host Margaret Brennan asked Pelosi in an interview.
“No, I was tested. I followed the advice of our family doctor and got tested on Friday, with a negative result. But I also intend to get tested regularly,” Pelosi responded.
She added, “I think it’s better than what is at the White House or else the president might not have been exposed on the basis of a false negative that put him at risk—that may have put him at risk”.
The Trump administration had already offered medical care to Congress members to detect possible infections caused by the contagious virus. Still, the care was rejected by Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) at the time.
“Congress is grateful for the administration’s generous offer to deploy rapid COVID-19 testing capabilities to Capitol Hill, but we respectfully decline the offer at this time,” Pelosi and McConnell responded, according to The Wall Street Journal, leaving legislators unprotected in that regard.
Rodney Davis, (R-Ill.), a senior member of the House Administration Committee, asked Pelosi to implement the diagnostic tests for the CCP Virus for legislators on Capitol Hill on Oct. 2, according to the Daily Wire.
“The primary care physician gives recommendations to our community, but the policies on how to govern the House are set by you and a widespread testing program has not been adopted because you have opposed it,” Davis said in the letter to Pelosi.
Davis reminded Pelosi that it’s not right for her to say one thing but do another and that many of the legislators can’t stay home like some of Pelosi’s team members.
“Essential workers of the House have been denied the same test because your office has failed to implement what you have called for nationwide,” Davis said.
Adding: “This is a “do as I say, not as I do” approach to governing that has been politicized when policies are inconsistently communicated and enforced and falls short of what our constituents deserve,” Davis said.