two more Texas Democrats who traveled from Austin to Washington DC in an attempt to delay the passage of RepublicanBacked voting laws have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Texas House Democratic Caucus.
The number of delegation members who have tested positive for coronavirus has now gone up to five. Three were reported to have contracted the virus on Saturday. However, all infected members have been fully vaccinated.
The caucus said in its statement, “In light of some positive COVID-19 tests over the weekend, the House Democratic Caucus decided to go beyond CDC guidance and provide daily rapid tests for this week for all members and staff in Washington DC.” has done.” .
Although the statement did not include the names of the infected members, Representative Trey Martinez Fischer came forward to confirm that he had tested positive for the virus.
He tested negative for the infection on Friday and Saturday, his rapid antigen test turned positive on Sunday, he said in a statement. He said he was experiencing “extremely mild symptoms”.
Earlier on Saturday, Representative Celia Israel said she tested positive for the virus. She was one of the three other positive cases in the delegation.
More than 50 Texas lawmakers arrived in Washington on Monday by private chartered plane. However, the group received backlash after several MPs posed for a picture on the board without wearing face masks.
Caucus members met with Vice President Kamala Harris as well as members of Congress, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senator Joe Manchin.
The vice president’s office denied exposure to Ms Harris and her staff because “they were not in close contact with those who tested positive and therefore do not require testing or quarantine.”
Although Ms Harris visited Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Hospital on Sunday, her visit was in connection with a previously scheduled appointment and was not related to the most recently reported coronavirus cases, her office said.
Democratic lawmakers flocked to D.C. to block what Republicans deemed a more restrictive new voting law. The bill aims to add new identification requirements for mail-in ballots, restrict drive-thru and 24-hour polling places, and empower partisan voting watchers.
The State House in Austin met again on Tuesday but missing Democrats meant there were not enough members to conduct business under its rules.
Additional reporting by the stars