The three Democrats directed their anger in the direction of some Home Republicans who had been additionally within the safe room and declined to put on masks, regardless of their function in blocking the unfold of COVID-19. Video surfaced of a number of Republican politicians refusing to put on a masks even when one was supplied.
Schneider’s affirmation got here after comparable remarks from Washington Democrat Pramila Jayapal.
“Too many Republicans have refused to take this pandemic and virus critically, and in doing so, they endanger everybody round them,” Jayapal mentioned. “Solely hours after President Trump incited a lethal assault on our Capitol, our nation, and our democracy, many Republicans nonetheless refused to take the naked minimal COVID-19 precaution” and easily put on a masks in a crowded room.
New Jersey Democrat Bonnie Watson Coleman was the primary to announce she had examined optimistic for COVID-19 after sheltering with others.
All three are isolating. Schneider mentioned he was not feeling signs, whereas Watson Coleman mentioned she was experiencing gentle, cold-like signs. Jayapal didn’t elaborate on how she was feeling, however famous that she started to quarantine a number of days in the past out of concern about situations within the secured room.
Inside hours of their bulletins, their colleagues from Michigan and Massachussets, Debbie Dingell and Anthony Brown, launched laws that might impose a $US1000 ($1285) tremendous on any member of Congress refusing to put on a masks on Capitol grounds in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It isn’t courageous to refuse to put on a masks. It’s egocentric, silly and shameful behaviour that places lives in danger,” Dingell mentioned.
Jayapal additionally referred to as on the Home sergeant-at-arms to take away any legislator from the Home ground who declines to put on a masks.
“This isn’t a joke,” she mentioned. “Our lives and our livelihoods are in danger, and anybody who refuses to put on a masks ought to be totally held accountable for endangering our lives due to their egocentric idiocy.”
Schneider mentioned he was within the crowded safe location for about 4 hours. He mentioned he acquired the primary dose of a COVID-19 vaccine a number of days earlier than that potential publicity. Nonetheless, well being specialists be aware that it’s doable for an individual to get contaminated with the virus simply after vaccination as a result of the vaccine didn’t have sufficient time to supply safety.
“I don’t know from whom I acquired this virus, and even essentially if I acquired it in that room,” he mentioned throughout a digital information convention from his suburban Chicago dwelling, the place he’s isolating. “However I do know that my publicity in that room was better than at some other time by this whole pandemic.”