Davis Reiterates Call for Testing on Capitol Hill After President Trump Tests Positive for COVID-19

Oct 2, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON – After President Trump and an aide test positive for COVID-19, Committee on House Administration Ranking Member Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today reiterated his calls for a health monitoring plan on Capitol Hill that includes some level of testing. Davis has sent multiple letters and requests to the House Administration majority and Speaker Pelosi requesting a plan to protect members, staff, press and all essential workers on Capitol Hill. All of his calls, including a letter sent September 14, have been ignored.
 
"My family and I send our prayers and well wishes to President Trump and the First Lady for a speedy recovery from COVID-19. As someone who contracted the virus and recovered, I know the strain it can put on your loved ones and work colleagues,” said Davis. “It's important for us all to follow the guidelines and do our part to limit the spread and get through this pandemic together. The positive tests from the President and a staffer further highlight the need for testing on Capitol Hill. Since May, I’ve asked Speaker Pelosi through multiple letters and requests for a health monitoring plan that will help stop the spread and protect members, staff, press, and all of our essential workers to ensure Congress can continue to work on behalf of the American people."
 
Background

Since May, Davis has been pushing the majority for a plan, which includes some level of testing, to protect staff, press, and members while on Capitol Hill. Unfortunately, these calls have gone unanswered for months.
 
May 4: Republicans put forth a detailed plan to reopen the House, which includes a testing and health monitoring plan. CLICK HERE to read the plan.
 
May 14: Minority Committee staff sends memo to Majority Committee staff urging action on many items still needed to reopen the House, including testing options. CLICK HERE for the memo.
 
May 18: Ranking Member Davis urges Speaker Pelosi to explore testing and health monitoring options for the House. CLICK HERE to view the letter.
 
June 12: Republicans on the committee write Speaker Pelosi again about safely reopening the House, including testing options for essential workers and members. CLICK HERE to view the letter.
 
June 25: Davis publicly calls for Speaker Pelosi to implement a widespread testing plan to protect essential House workers. CLICK HERE for the interview with NPR.
 
September 14: As the House returns for another session week, Davis outlines its shortcoming at protecting essential workers in a letter to Chairperson Zoe Lofgren. CLICK HERE for the letter.

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