Washington – The leadership of the United States House of Representatives today gave up on plans to continually reconvene next week, recognizing, as was evident, that cases of coronavirus in the federal capital are on the rise.
“We hope to return soon,” said Steny Hoyer, leader of the Democratic majority in the lower house, as he reversed the decision announced to his caucus, 24 hours ago, that they would return to session starting Monday, May 4.
But, the official doctor of the Lower House indicated that he did not recommend taking the risk that meant reuniting 430 congressmen – there are five vacancies – and their thousands of employees at the federal Capitol at the moment, Hoyer said in a conference call telephone press.RELATED
The data provided by the municipal government of Washington D.C. have reflected a continuous increase in positive cases of coronavirus. The same trend is still demonstrated by the contiguous states of Virginia and Maryland.
Under the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), local governments must keep current executive orders to close non-essential businesses, schools, and churches, until a 14-consecutive-day drop is reflected in new coronavirus cases, including hospitalizations.
CDC guidelines also propose to ensure, before any reopening, that the hospital system has the capacity to handle a new COVID-19 outbreak, and that there are sufficient screening tests for workers who are vulnerable to infection, such as employees in the health area.
Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated that the upper house will reconvene continuously from Monday.
Ahead of Hoyer’s announcement, members of the Democratic caucus questioned in a conference call Monday the wisdom of reconnecting at the moment, given the increase in the case of COVID-19 in the US capital, the seat of the federal government.
Congressional leaders discuss the content of an upcoming federal economic stimulus bill that wants to pass by June. Hoyer said, however, that he hopes the lower house will pass legislation “very soon.”
Congress has limited its sessions last month to approve two economic stimulus measures, which in total allocate about $ 2.7 trillion. The most recent one was signed into law on Friday by President Trump.