Over the weekend, Republican congressmen called out House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for refusing to implement a regular testing regimen in the House.
In a letter to the Speaker on Friday, Davis again notified Pelosi of his “concern that we do not have a comprehensive health monitoring system and testing program for our Capitol Hill campus.”
The letter added:
Our testing criteria should not reflect the news of the day or be to politically shield your office when difficult news breaks. This is not an acceptable way to communicate and continues to show your partisanship on this issue. Additionally, today provided a stark reminder that you and other members of Congress were able to receive a COVID-19 test, while in other instances essential workers of the House have been denied the same test because your office has failed to implement what you have called for nationwide.
“Speaker Pelosi has showed zero willingness to even talk about what a testing regimen could look like,” Davis said in a clip aired by “Fox & Friends” on Saturday.
Also appearing on the segment, Scalise backed up Davis’ claim, stating, “Congressman Davis is exactly correct. These protocols have been out there and the testing capabilities have been out there for a long time.”
“They were offered to the Speaker and she turned it down,” he added. “And I think it’s something that should have been in Congress for a few weeks now. But you know, ultimately, that’s what the Speaker decided to do.”
Democrats in Congress have also complained about insufficient testing.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called for a testing and contact tracing program to be implemented for the Senate on Friday. “This episode demonstrates that the Senate needs a testing and contact tracing program for Senators, staff, and all who work in the Capitol complex,” he said following the news of President Donald Trump’s positive coronavirus diagnosis.
Pelosi defends current testing regimen
Meanwhile, Pelosi insisted Sunday during an interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation” that she’s satisfied with what’s currently in place.
“I’m pleased with the reliability of the testing in the Capitol,” Pelosi said. “I think it’s better than what is at the White House or else the president might not have been exposed on the basis of a false negative that may have put him at risk. We don’t know where he got it, but we do know that there was a negative test for somebody with close proximity to the president.”
According to The Hill’s reporting, “Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) turned down a White House offer earlier this year of rapid testing for the Capitol complex, saying that they wanted to ‘keep directing resources to the front-line facilities where they can do the most good the most quickly.'”