Members of the House are supposed to return back to work on May 4th however House Democrats have recently announced that they will not return to work because it is “too dangerous” to do so.
Congress members, who are deemed as “essential” workers, continue to rake in their salaries while the rest of the country suffers.
“Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) said returning next week would be ‘dangerous,’ according to multiple Democrats on the call,” Politico reported on Tuesday. “Other members also spoke up including Reps. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA.), Susan Wild (D-PA) and Veronica Escobar (D-TX), with some asking how they were expected to take care of their families — many without childcare at home — and return to Washington for an extended stay.”
Republicans however, are eager to get back to work so they can help the American people.
The Daily Wire reports:
Republicans, on the other hand, have been pushing for the House to come back into session on the timeline set months ago, before coronavirus became a threat, suggesting that Members of Congress are, perhaps, the most “essential workers” in the United States, and stressing that, if many Americans can withstand working through the coronavirus pandemic, federal lawmakers can, too.
Pelosi, House Democratic minority leader Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) now all seem to agree: Congress will return to session on May 4th, regardless of objection.
McConnell and Hoyer have assured that there are certain safeguards in place so that the vulnerable members of Congress can stay safe.
“We’re going to take whatever safeguards the Capitol physician recommends that we engage in and we believe we can do that safely,” McConnell said to Politico. “Look, it doesn’t make sense for the Senate to sit on the sidelines while a lot of other people are going to work everyday and trying to get us through this.”
Hoyer also commented on the matter, stating that lawmakers would be able to vote in shifts so they can can social distance from each other.
The Daily Wire continues:
McConnell and several other key Republicans never left Washington, D.C., and have been working out deals with key Democrats to extend coronavirus-related relief programs. Until last week, though, Pelosi and Hoyer seemed uninterested in returning to work as soon as possible.
Now, the House and Senate are likely gearing up to battle over a fourth coronavirus relief package. Pelosi, who is the lead author of the $1 trillion “CARES Act 2,” as she’s called it in interviews, believes the package must be passed within days of Congress returning to work. McConnell, however, says he is “calling time” on expensive bailouts, in case the spending further imperils the already struggling American economy.
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