WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have rejected an offer of the Trump administration to carry out rapid COVID-19 testing in Congress.
On Saturday, Pelosi and McConnell said in a joint statement that Congress wanted rapid coronavirus testing to be used where it is most needed and not on Capitol Hill.
According to the statement, Congress will rely on the testing and safety guidelines of the Office of the Attending Physician until “speedier technologies” become more widely available.
Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told reporters on Tuesday that US House lawmakers would not return to the nation’s capital next week, but the US Senate does plan to reconvene on Monday.
According to Us Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, there are nearly 1.1 million confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States, including more than 64,200 deaths from COVID-19. In the District of Columbia, over 4,600 cases have been confirmed. The United States remains the country with the largest number of cases and the highest death toll.