Coronavirus’ impact on politics is not mutually exclusive to the 2020 presidential election. While primary elections experience delays and as Democrats attack President Trump’s work against coronavirus as ineffective, Washington is experiencing adverse impacts as well.
“White House Press Briefing” (Public Domain) by The White House
At this time, the spread of COVID-19 has engendered calls to avoid gatherings of more than ten people at one time. This has led to House Democrats postponing their originally scheduled return to the Capitol. Reports from Breitbart News confirm that left-wing lawmakers who previously planned March 23, 2020 as their return date were told to hold off.
At this time, there is no established date for when House Democrats will come back to Capitol Hill.
What to Know About Democrats’ Delayed Return
The postponement of Democrats’ previously-scheduled return date occurred at the behest of House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Yesterday, Hoyer informed lawmakers that while a new return date remains unknown, Democrats in Washington will be updated throughout the week as COVID-19 is tracked and monitored.
As observers of the aforementioned delay have pointed out, many Americans don’t have the healthcare benefits or paid leave that House representatives experience. Moreover comes the factor of less action and work in Washington as lawmakers are absent. This will inevitably impact the legislative efforts to combat COVID-19 and provide relief to individuals who have already been impacted.
The currently nonexistent return date for House Democrats moreover comes as many of their constituents rely upon lawmakers to work on their behalf.
Self-Quarantine from Washington Lawmakers
During recent weeks, lawmakers have taken a series of preventative measures to halt the spread of coronavirus. In some cases, this has involved self-quarantining, especially for individuals who either tested positive for COVID-19 or experienced direct contact with someone who later tested positive.
“Capitol Hill dome interior” (CC BY-ND 2.0) by Timothy Neesam (GumshoePhotos)
Taking the necessary precautions in the face of coronavirus is imperative; however, the ramifications of how other affairs are handled in the fight against COVID-19 will have lasting impacts for quite some time to come.
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