Pelosi Refuses To Get Tested For Coronavirus After Close Contact With Infected Lawmaker
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Tuesday she does not plan to be tested for coronavirus despite her proximity to the latest lawmaker diagnosed with the illness.
“In terms of my situation, I kept my distance. I said to them we all have to be six feet apart and I kept my distance from all the members,” Pelosi said in an interview with MSNBC.
She said her doctor told her that her situation was low-risk and she had no reason to take any measures.
Why is this important?
Democratic Rep. Nydia Velazquez gave a speech from the House floor last week and later stood next to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as the $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill was passed and signed into law by President Donald Trump.
Now, days after being in close contact with 80-year-old Pelosi, Velazquez has revealed that she has a "presumed coronavirus infection."
The Democratic lawmaker took to Twitter on Tuesday and released a statement admitting that she likely has the novel coronavirus, saying that she experienced very similar symptoms “in the wee hours of Sunday morning.”
“I developed the abrupt onset of muscle aches, fevers, nasal congestion and stomach upset. I noticed that I could no longer smell my perfume or taste my food. After speaking with The Attending Physician by phone, I was diagnosed with presumed coronavirus infection,” said Velazquez said in a statement.
“My symptoms are mild at the present time and I am taking Tylenol for fever, and isolating myself at my home,” she continued. “At the advice of The Attending Physician, neither COVID 19 laboratory testing nor a doctor’s office visit was recommended. I am carefully monitoring my symptoms, working remotely and in constant contact with my staff.”
She made the announcement on Twitter:
Her announcement comes days after House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy slammed Pelosi for misleading the American people and spreading what he called "outright lies."
During his weekly press conference, the California Republican went after Pelosi over comments she made about changes made to the $2 trillion Coronavirus stimulus package that passed the Senate on Wednesday.
“A few minutes ago the Speaker stood at this podium and claimed that House Democrats did what she called a jujitsu to change the bill — that is an outright lie,” McCarthy said. “The fundamental portions of this bill has not changed since Sunday.”
McCarthy continued, “Four months for unemployment was already decided on Sunday. The grant to keep employees hired in small business was already decided on Sunday.”
“The only few additions were funding of things that had nothing to do with the Coronavirus,” he added.
McCarthy slammed Democrats for delays in getting the measure completed and approved.
“Every one of our fellow citizens has been touched by this public health emergency, anxious about sickness and unprecedented economic uncertainty,” he said. “Our hospitals and healthcare workers are nearing their capacity. They need - and expect - their government to act. This agreement to provide relief to American workers, families, and small businesses is critically important - and should be considered without delay.
McCarthy said, “we are already behind.”
“For the past three days, Democrat leadership in Congress took their eye off the ball, delaying consideration of this bipartisan-crafted bill,” he said. “They insisted on using this crisis as an opportunity to propose completely unrelated legislation that amounted to an ideological wish list. Our country is on the edge, but we must be in this fight together. It’s time for Washington to start acting that way, and send this bill to the president."
The $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus compromise package, which will bring relief to individuals, small businesses, and larger corporations.
The bipartisan breakthrough in the Senate capped days of heated negotiations after Pelosi flew into D.C. last weekend and tried slipping in a slew of unnecessary, left-wing proposals.