Pelosi, McConnell decline offer for rapid testing for Congress
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued a rare joint statement on Saturday declining President Trump’s offer to provide rapid coronavirus testing for senators returning to the Capitol next week. The statement said that “Congress wants to keep directing resources to the frontline facilities.”
“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,” McConnell and Pelosi wrote. “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.”
“Consistent with CDC guidelines, Congress will use the current testing protocols that the Office of the Attending Physician has put in place until these speedier technologies become more widely available,” the statement continued.