Business as usual on Capitol Hill amid coronavirus fears, for now

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Members of Congress warning components are to wash their hands. Avoid large crowds of people. Perhaps, away from people in conversations.

And so on Tuesday morning, more than 200 house Democrats and dozens of helpers pressed, chair-chair, in a basement room of the Capitol for a briefing on the Corona Virus from the U.S. Capitol Attending physician, Dr. Brian Monahan, and House Sergeant at Arms ” Paul Irving.


New Rochelle, NY, is a containment zone. The universities are Ghost towns. The former Vice-President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) pulled the plug on the primary events at night.

Beltway critics often complain that things are “business as usual” on Capitol Hill. But with the Corona Virus threat, things are really “business as usual” now. Business as usual means a lot of meetings and tours in the Congress. The Capitol has days of pulsed entirely with tourists in the last couple of. In fact, some lawmakers, and the at least one top aide to Fox, you don’t remember noticed, the Capitol complex, teeming with so many people.


Hearings and markup sessions for the legislation. The Cluster of deputies Zander on daises. A Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the nomination of the “Matthew P. Donovan, of Virginia, Under-Secretary for personnel and readiness,” on the Pentagon. A house agriculture Committee meeting on “H. Res. 742, in recognition of the continued success of the food for peace Act.”


Voices from further in the house and Senate floors, cloistering hundreds of members in the same room at the same time.

The five major American sports leagues locked dressing rooms and club houses to reporters, because of coronavirus fears. I mean, you can’t. poisonous pen spread of germs to LeBron James, or David Pastrnak with the NBA and NHL playoffs have just around the corner But on Tuesday afternoon, a clutch of reporters, photographers and camera operators shoulder to be wedged,-to-shoulder, in the Ohio Clock corridor just off the Senate. President Trump came to the Capitol to lunch with Senate Republicans in the Mike Mansfield room.

Later in the day, reporters and assistants to legislators rubberized around in the Speaker’s Lobby of the house threshing floor and in the Senate of the U-Bahn station. When pressed about the possible change in the congressional schedule, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said the concerned Democrats, “We are the captains of the ship. We are leaving the last to.”

But Pelosi is the slogan that didn’t stop the frustrated by some lawmakers and aides. is A few individual Congressional offices opt for the shutter. The office of the Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) on the 4. Floor of the Cannon House Office Building, posted a sign on the door, it was not “open to visitors or guests at this time.”

Some House chiefs of staff discussed whether or not you should implement tele-working protocols in the next week during the congressional summer break. A few agencies indicated that they were reluctant to do so unless direct management by the speaker. Some offices do not need your tele-working scenarios. Several lawmakers, Fox said you are not amazed, that the Congress will go through an automatic tele-working system, ready to, almost two decades after 9/11.

“This should be considered years. Years…A…Go…,” fumed an aide, enunciating each syllable.

Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has bypassed a question on whether the Senate should be about the encounter with a number of older senators.

“If we add anything, I’ll let you know,” sang, McConnell, quickly pan to a question about the nominations.

Senate appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL) is 85 years old. Shelby noticed that many doctors have warned travel to the seniors before an extensive flight. Shelby says he is still flying back and forth to Alabama. But the legislature has already break many official overseas conventions trips canceled planned for the upcoming Congress. Shelby said he was scheduled to have a meeting with the Cabinet of the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in London and NATO officials in Brussels. But not now.

“It is not my expectation, we will be extending recess early, or to the Pause,” said House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY). “The Congress is the heart and soul of our democracy.”

Multiple sources tell Fox that the legislature is very concerned about sending a shock through the country, when the Congress changed its operations.

“Could send the market down,” said an aide-de-camp, the not asked to be identified.

Some lawmakers are concerned about the optics. You can’t be seen, rushing to protect themselves and those who work on Capitol Hill. But to fly a lot of the to do what the Congress seems to be on a daily basis management seems to be in the face of General health by medical professionals now.

A member said that members have “a moral obligation” to protect themselves and the public. The legislator said that the rich of themselves could be to close the quarantine offices, or limit the travel.

“There are health Problem for us to fly back and forth,” said Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), who represents a region hard hit by the coronavirus. “I understand there are a lot of real-world considerations about the way the Congress works, and sent us all home.”

Jayapal wonder if it may be too late for the Congress.

“The hard thing about mitigation is that you have to move, for the reduction of about four weeks to soften before you,” said Jayapal.

Jayapal controversial statements, the Congress leaders were “asleep at the switch” when it came to the management of coronavirus on Capitol Hill.

“Believe me, everyone is awake,” said the Washington Democrat. But Jayapal says the Congress consider alternatives for the legislature to conduct business.

Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) announced Tuesday he and his wife were evening-quarantine after exposure to someone who tested positive for coronavirus during the dinner. Beyer says his offices shutter during the period.

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) interacts with a person at the CPAC, which later developed coronavirus. Gohmert says the CDC doctor told him that he is OK. On Monday morning, Gohmert, a large group of students paraded through the Capitol for an evening on tour.

Despite the surges of people to the Capitol this week to travel to a number of congressional offices to say that Fox meetings have cancelled some of the groups, or “fly-ins” to visit Washington, with the legislature.

There are also discussions about a middle ground.

Could the Congress to remain in session for the execution of their work, but you rein in some of the hearings? Border guided tours for the public? Ration meeting? To come with only the essential staff in his office?

“Telecommuting is a continuity of government,” said Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA). “We, the people make the business. But to limit, we want exposure, so we can make more. The promotion of tele-working. Many of the employees can do their work, away from here. You don’t have to every day here.”

Connolly points out that a leader could have led the Democratic Caucus on coronavirus online, or by phone conference. The house Democratic Caucus has conference in General, at least a call, if not during a break time.

We hear the term “flatten the curve” regularly by the medical community, if it is the coronavirus. The concept is to stretch out, the demand for the treatment of coronavirus. In other words, suppress, coronavirus, so that we can say 100 cases in two months more than 100 cases in a month. The improved the treatment options.

Connolly suggests, Congress could “flatten the curve” as well. For example, the house, led by two roll call votes on Tuesday afternoon. A voice was, of all things, the proposals for modernisation of the Congress. The other to approve just the day in the “Journal of the proceedings.” The house votes often ditches the “journal” roll call vote – implementation as a “voice” to. That is, where the legislature just yell “Yes” or “no.”

“This is not a significant vote,” said Connolly of the magazine.

Connolly says the house should now in agreement on the important things. And, if there is a floor vote, why don’t you expand it beyond the usual 15 or 20 minutes? How about an hour? This way, instead they extend to filter all of the 430 current members of the house to the ground in the same time, the vote so only 40 or 50 members in the chamber at once?

“That would be the limit of the possible exposure,” argues Connolly.


But no one in the cards right now.

Things that upset on Capitol Hill. In the meantime, some of the helpers are busy wrestling with a new laptop for telecommuting. You need to not print a sign for your office door, warning visitors not to shake hands with someone inside.

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