History in the making as House is poised for proxy voting

History in the making as House is poised for proxy voting

For a period of two weeks starting in mid-May, Lewis and at least two other GOP lawmakers self-quarantined without notifying their Democratic colleagues. Meanwhile we're learning that they were testing positive.

"In the next month or so we'll be talking about possibly another bill", he added.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a key architect of the aid, said in an interview that the program has shifted from one that was meant to keep paychecks flowing during the shutdown to a bridge to help businesses pay workers as they reopen - in many cases, at less than full capacity. He also noted other colleagues who had young children or who were immunocompromised and, potentially, exposed.

"They were saying it was fake and false and I knew they were looking out for themselves and their interests", he said. He said he never developed symptoms and did not get tested. Every single day of this crisis the state government committee has met, so that their members could line up - one after one after one - and explain that it was safe to go back to work, it was safe to go back to race vehicle driving or dog grooming or getting your hair cut. "They did do some kind of quarantine".

Sims, who at times grew visibly angry and repeatedly used expletives, attacked Republicans for being "callous liars" and accused them of recklessly endangering lives in pursuit of partisan goals.

Rep. Brian Sims said Thursday that Pa. House Speaker Mike Turzai should step down, and that the state's Attorney General should launch an investigation into his actions after Sims said Republicans withheld information from Democrats about one of their colleagues testing positive for coronavirus. "You have no idea how the people around you are impacted".

Rep. Dan B. Frankel, minority chair of the House Health Committee, said in a statement that he was "horrified to learn that members of the General Assembly failed to do the right thing".

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) called the lawsuit a "sad stunt" as the nation's virus-related death toll approaches 100,000.

"The failure of these Republican members and their leadership to follow basic safety protocols makes plain their disregard for those around them, but worse: it reveals a total abdication of their responsibility to act as leaders during this confusing time", Frankel said.

"The virus doesn't care about someone's ideology", Frankel said. "I believe you should be in jail".

"The utter indifference to peoples' lives" shown by House Republicans "proves that they are incapable, unqualified, and unwilling to faithfully discharge the duties of their office", state Rep. Leanne Krueger said in a statement.

Rep. Russ Diamond, R-Lebanon, who sits in front of Lewis in the House chamber, said he was notified of the potential exposure by the human resources department on May 21, shortly after testifying at a legislative committee meeting.

It's a day that's shaping up as one for the history books: For the first time, House lawmakers intend to vote by proxy, a move to avoid the risk of travel to Washington during the pandemic.

"This isn't a Republican or Democrat issue".

"They were telling us this was fake, that it isn't real, that there were no risks", he added.

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