There is a quiet panic going round behind the scenes on the House of Representatives as a result of some members inform TMZ they sounded a warning three weeks in the past concerning the Capitol being unsafe however they weren’t heeded … and now some worry they’ve the coronavirus.
The members we spoke with — who solely needed to speak on background — inform us, about three weeks in the past when the issues related to coronavirus began blowing up they started speaking about limiting or excluding guests from the Capitol.
It was an particularly busy time, as a result of the House was placing collectively spending payments and other people have been flying in from everywhere in the nation to foyer members. There have been additionally tons of guests who got here by and interacted with a quantity of members. We’re informed the hallways have been packed.
One congressman informed us, “No one took this seriously. Leaders from both sides initially said they didn’t want to panic people. We’re told the leaders ultimately consulted the Congressional doctor, but as one congressman said, “He was scared to decide as a result of he was afraid he would set off a nationwide panic.”
A congressman we spoke with says he believes he has the virus and is exhibiting gentle signs and he has self-quarantined. He additionally says, “I feel tons of us [representatives] are going to get it.”
The House is currently not in session, but there’s a big problem. The Senate is in session and is hopefully going to pass a relief bill soon. The House members have gone home, and the only way they can approve the bill without flying to D.C. is if the vote is unanimous.
If one member wants to vote no on the bill, the traditional solution would be for members to fly to D.C. to cast their votes. But, putting 435 people on airplanes — especially when there’s fear some of the members have or were exposed to the virus — it’s super risky. We’re told there’s talk of flying 40 at a time or figuring out some way of keeping people away from each other.
No choices have been made on what to do if the vote shouldn’t be unanimous.
As for the opposite chamber … as we reported, Senator Rand Paul has tested positive and extremely he was on the Senate fitness center right now swimming. The reality the Senate fitness center is open when gyms throughout the nation have closed as a result of a fitness center is a breeding floor for the virus ….properly, it is simply baffling.