Senate Republicans are ridiculing House Democrats for their refusal to return to work on Capitol Hill over COVID-19 issues.
“I hope hand lotion doesn’t trigger most cancers, as a result of we’ve been utilizing a number of it,” Sen. John Kennedy (R-Louisiana) joked to Politico concerning the copious quantities of hand sanitizer and antibacterial wipes stationed all through the Senate chamber and committee rooms.
“The Democratic House of Representatives has primarily put itself on paid depart for months,” Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell mentioned on the Senate flooring Thursday. “At this level, I’m questioning if we must always ship senators over there to accumulate their newspaper and water the vegetation.”
Because the Senate resumed in-person periods three weeks in the past, just one staffer has examined constructive for COVID-19 — though the nation’s capital stays considered one of its worst coronavirus scorching spots, Dr. Deborah Birx of the Coronavirus Job Drive mentioned Friday.
“To the diploma that nobody’s gotten unwell, we’re safely opening,” Sen. Invoice Cassidy (R-Louisiana) mentioned. “We can not keep locked down for 18 months.”
The House final week approved proxy voting for the primary time in its historical past, permitting virtually all of its members to keep residence because the pandemic continues — regardless of Republican objections that the transfer is unconstitutional.
The Senate has plowed forward on confirmations within the House’s absence. Prior to now three days the Republican majority awarded high administration positions to two Trump allies and confirmed three nominees to district courtroom judgeships — for a complete of 196 new judges since Trump took workplace.