Key Bills Delayed as Lawmakers Test Positive for Covid
Many key aspects of President Biden's policy agenda have been set on pause...
Multiple bills that have been identified as a central focus of President Biden’s policy agenda have been slowed in Congress due to multiple lawmakers testing positive for Covid. President Biden himself tested positive for Covid last week and multiple lawmakers have now tested positive in recent days.
Due to the isolation that is had after contracting Covid, many pieces of legislation have been stalled in Congress before the August recess.
At least five known lawmakers have tested positive for Covid. Senator Lisa Murkowski confirmed her diagnosis on July 25th. She said, "I will be following guidance and advice from doctors and will be quarantined at home in Alaska while continuing my work remotely.” Senator Joe Manchin has also tested positive as he confirmed his diagnosis on July 25th too saying, “I will isolate and follow CDC guidelines as I continue to work remotely to serve West Virginians."
Senator Tina Smith indicated she is looking to resume her duties as soon as possible after confirming a diagnosis on July 20th. Senator Tom Carper also tested positive on July 21st after receiving a weekly test. On the same day, Rep. Gerry Connolly tested positive as well.
The pieces of legislation being paused:
Right to Contraceptives
Respect for Marriage Act
Assault Rifle Legislation