The US Congress Refused The Administration's Proposed Rapid Tests For Coronavirus
The US Congress rejected the proposal of the Washington administration to provide lawmakers with rapid tests to detect a new type of coronavirus. This follows a joint statement issued on Saturday by House speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Republican majority leader Mitch McConnell.
"Congress is grateful to the administration for its generous offer to use the facilities for rapid testing for [the presence of] COVID-19 on Capitol hill, but we respectfully decline this offer at this time. Our country's testing capabilities continue to grow, and Congress wants to continue to direct resources to facilities that are on the frontline [of the fight against the pandemic], where they can bring the greatest benefit as quickly as possible," the statement said.
The lawmakers stressed that "Congress will use the current testing standards that were introduced by the congressional office of the attending physician until these faster technologies become more widely available."
Earlier, US President Donald Trump said that Washington has "huge opportunities" to diagnose coronavirus in lawmakers.
As The Hill reports, congressional physician Brian Monahan previously informed Republican representatives of the lack of resources to ensure that all senators are checked for the presence of coronavirus, as well as the lack of rapid tests that are used in the White House.
On Thursday, Pelosi announced that members of the House of representatives who have suspended work due to the new coronavirus pandemic can return to their jobs in two weeks. She explained that some house committees may start meeting as early as next week. This decision is made by the Committee chairs. The upper house of the legislature is due to resume its work on May 4.