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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

A member of Congress from New York who traveled to Washington, D.C., last week to cast a vote for an economic stimulus package was diagnosed Monday with "presumed coronavirus infection." The Brooklyn-area Democrat, Rep. Nydia Velazquez, said she began feeling ill early Sunday morning and contacted the Capitol's attending physician, who diagnosed her with the virus based on her symptoms but did not recommend she seek a test or doctor's office visit. ... The revelation could mean that hundreds of lawmakers were exposed to an infection. Velzquez was forced to return to the nation's capital on Friday due to a procedural objection by Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) over the House passing a $2 trillion bipartisan stimulus package by voice vote with less than a handful of members present.

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Massie's Stunt May Have Exposed House to Coronavirus

Massie shouldn't take all of the blame. Much of the blame goes to congress woman because she was diagnosed as having the virus based on her symptoms prior to making the trip! She should have kept her --- home. There were plenty of people that wanted the bill to pass. Her vote was not going to be a tie breaker. Passage of the bill was not in question.

#1 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2020-03-31 09:09 AM | Reply

Her symptoms occurred Sunday, two days after the trip and Friday House vote.

The concern is that she could have spread it before she knew she had it, since coronavirus can be spread asymptomatically.

#2 | Posted by rcade at 2020-03-31 10:46 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

The House and Senate should be voting remotely anyways. This is a failure of dinosaurs to implement easy tech solutions. Massie was within his rights to object the way he did, and he should have been able to do it from his house.

#3 | Posted by JOE at 2020-03-31 10:55 AM | Reply

"This is a failure of dinosaurs to implement easy tech solutions. "

It's more than that. A big part of how they do business is glad-handing, coercion, bullying, and bribery that is best done face to face, so they are culturally blind to the benefits of their working remotely.

#4 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2020-03-31 11:15 AM | Reply

she was diagnosed as having the virus based on her symptoms prior to making the trip!
#1 | POSTED BY FEDUPWITHPOLS

Where is that reported? It doesn't say that in this article. Or are you a liar?

#5 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2020-03-31 11:25 AM | Reply

"This is a failure of dinosaurs to implement easy tech solutions. "
It's more than that. A big part of how they do business is glad-handing, coercion, bullying, and bribery that is best done face to face, so they are culturally blind to the benefits of their working remotely.

#4 | POSTED BY HAGBARD_CELINE

Federal and State governments should already have continuity of business plans that should already be implemented for situations like this. They aren't blind to the benefits or remote work. They've been urging people across the country to work from home if they can for weeks now. They should be doing the same. The ability of our country to be able to respond with the swiftness needed during this time depends in part on our elected officials staying healthy.

#6 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2020-03-31 11:29 AM | Reply

Massie was within his rights to object the way he did, and he should have been able to do it from his house.

#3 | POSTED BY JOE

Having the right doesn't make it any less of a dumb idea.

#7 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-03-31 12:12 PM | Reply

"kill off as many democrats as you can..."

That's what the Second Amendment is for.
Chicago, all those blacks killing each other?
You really never figured that out, huh?

#9 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-31 02:51 PM | Reply

This thread is bullschitt.

#10 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-03-31 04:16 PM | Reply

Massie, is correct. They should have had a quorum and a proper roll call on a vote of this importance. The voice vote was a way to evade responsibility for their votes later,not a safety thing. Pelosi could have allowed remote voting or at least brought the option to a vote.
This was totally a cover my ass thing.

#11 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-03-31 04:21 PM | Reply

"Pelosi could have allowed remote voting"

She can do that?

#12 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-31 04:22 PM | Reply

If she allows a vote by the congress and they approve, yes, what's the problem?

#13 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-03-31 04:25 PM | Reply

Congress can vote on things remotely?
Yes or no.

#14 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-31 04:26 PM | Reply

Not yet,but they potentially could if they voted to. Dumbass. You know better.

#15 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-03-31 04:29 PM | Reply

So, Pelosi couldn't actually have done what you said.
Glad we cleared that up!

#16 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-31 04:32 PM | Reply

She didn't even try to. She is on the record as being against remote voting because then she couldn't press the flesh to get ------ passed as easily. But you knew this already dumbass.

#17 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-03-31 04:35 PM | Reply

Pelosi is a corrupt and tiresome old fool. It's time for her to "retire",for the good of everyone not her.

#18 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-03-31 04:38 PM | Reply

So, Pelosi couldn't actually have done what you said.
And, to do so would require an in-person vote anyway.
Glad we cleared that up!

#19 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-31 04:39 PM | Reply

Remote voting in a pandemic is common sense. Now why is Pelosi against it? Because then she can't get in peoples faces and bully their votes as easily. She is a corrupt dinosaur.

#20 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-03-31 04:50 PM | Reply

She is a corrupt dinosaur.

She is a democrat... and THEY are all corrupt...

#21 | Posted by Pegasus at 2020-04-01 12:50 PM | Reply

"If she allows a vote by the congress and they approve, yes, what's the problem?
#13 | POSTED BY EFFETEPOSER"

You do realize that this would have required an in-person vote to pass, right dummy?

#22 | Posted by mOntecOre at 2020-04-01 02:20 PM | Reply

#22 so let the people there vote in person to allow remote voting. Stupid f**k.

#23 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-04-01 09:49 PM | Reply

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