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Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wisc.) tested positive for COVID-19 less than a week ago, but traveled to Washington, D.C., and voted on the House floor in the speaker election.
Moore claimed Sunday afternoon that she was medically cleared to travel and get back to work. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends at least a 10-day quarantine for those who test positive but remain asymptomatic. For those who test positive and have symptoms, the CDC says you’re not safe to be around others unless it’s been:
- 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
- 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
- Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving
Three other members who tested negative but were inside their quarantine windows were also still allowed to vote. Special arrangements were made to enable them to vote.
In-person voting was required for the House Speaker vote because members would not be allowed to vote by proxy until after the election for House speaker, and new rules adopted by the 117th Congress. Given the slim majority held by Democrats in the House, there was concern that with so many Democrats under quarantined, Republicans could flip the vote for speaker.
I guess when you’re a member of Congress, and Nancy’s speakership is on the line, you can travel and violate quarantine rules that the rest of us have to adhere to.