House Administration Committee Ranking Republican Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) believes its time for visitors to be allowed again to visit the Capitol, but he doubts Democratic leaders will let it happen before the November election.
“Its crucial. I was doing a Zoom meeting with constituents earlier today in Statuary Hall and they asked me what its like in Washington, whats it going to be like in the next few months,” Davis told The Epoch Times Tuesday.
“I spun my phone around and showed them I was sitting where Abe Lincolns desk used to sit in Statuary Hall, sitting in a chair all by myself, social distanced from anyone because no one is there. It is July 21st at 10:30 in the morning. Are you kidding me,” Davis declared.
“That place would be packed in any other year, but thats what were under and that one instance reminded me of what weve got to get back to,” he continued.
“I dont believe the Democratic majority in the House ever wants to get us back to that point because they are not doing the things necessary to mitigate the risk on the House campus, to test House employees, and in the end to plan for funding for anti-body testing,” Davis told The Epoch Times.
The House is officially back in town this week, but it continues to operate with thousands of personal and committee aides still telecommuting as they have since late March, due to the CCP Virus, also known as the novel coronavirus and COVID-19.
No visitors are allowed anywhere in the Capitol complex, and, with minimal administrative staff present, often the only humans seen in the three House office buildings adjacent to the Capitol are members of the Capitol Police force.
Committees are meeting and votes are being taken on the House floor but under tight social distancing rules such as teleconferencing from remote sites and proxy voting by representatives who are not physically present in the House chamber, although the Constitution requires votes be taken in person.
The House Administration Committee on which Davis is the top Republican is chaired by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.). The panel oversees the day-to-day operations of the House of Representatives and has oversight of federal elections.
A spokesman for Lofgren did not respond to an email request for comment from The Epoch Times.
Davis is especially concerned that antibody testing is not being implemented aggressively enough.
“The only true way for this country, and the Capitol complex for that matter, to understand the true impact of Covid is to understand who may have been sick but didnt know it, and now have the antibodies,” Davis said.
The mortality rate for the CCP Virus decreased last week, marking the 12th consecutive weekly decline, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Surgeon-General Vice-Admiral Jerome Adams also told CBS News last week that “we are in a very different place than what we were in February and March … if you actually get diagnosed with COVID, your chance of dying from it is significantly lower than what it was in February and March.”
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