McConnell, Pelosi Decline Rapid Coronavirus Testing for Congress

Senate and House leaders tell Trump administration that ‘Congress wants to keep directing resources to the front-line facilities’

Mr. McConnell and Mrs. Pelosi said the tests are needed at medical facilities treating Covid-19 patients. A view of the U.S. Capitol on April 15.

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WASHINGTON—The two top leaders in Congress declined a Trump administration offer to send rapid-result coronavirus tests to Capitol Hill, which lacks the equipment to test lawmakers when they return to work next week.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D. Calif.) in a joint statement said the tests are needed at medical facilities that are treating people who have contracted Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

“Congress is grateful for the administration’s generous offer to deploy rapid COVID-19 testing capabilities to Capitol Hill, but we respectfully decline the offer at this time,” Mrs. Pelosi and Mr. McConnell said. “Our country’s testing capacities are continuing to scale up nationwide and Congress wants to keep directing resources to the front-line facilities where they can do the most good the most quickly.”

香蕉视频苹果下载The Senate will convene on Monday. Senators and aides will be encouraged but not required to wear face masks and won’t undergo universal testing for the virus.

香蕉视频苹果下载Brian Monahan, the Capitol’s attending physician, told Republican aides in a call on Thursday that there are only enough tests on Capitol Hill for those who feel ill—not for all senators and staff, according to two people familiar with the matter.

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