Rep. Raúl Grijalva tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, becoming at least the 12th member of Congress to contract the virus. Grijalva, 72, had been in self-quarantine after Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas tested positive earlier this week.
Grijalva did not call Gohmert out by name, but said that this week has revealed the consequences of the actions of Republican lawmakers who have gone to work at the Capitol without wearing a mask and taking the virus seriously, something which Gohmert has been accused of throughout the pandemic.
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His accusations follow flare-ups in congressional hearings in the past week, with Democrats demanding that Republican members wear masks.
"The Attending Physician of the Capitol informed me that I tested positive for COVID-19", the statement said. "I now have no symptoms, feel fine, and hope to make a quick and speedy recovery".
Gohmert's diagnosis prompted concerns across the Capitol, where there is no required testing and there were few requirements for masks.
Grijalva also praised the mandate of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, to require all House members and assistants to wear masks on the floor "to keep members and staff safe from those seeking to win. quick political points, "he said". They have both said that equipment and tests should instead be directed to front-line workers. The White House tests anyone who will be in close proximity to the president, which is how Gohmert found out he had the virus. Gohmert was scheduled to fly back to Texas with President Donald Trump on Air Force One.
The Arizona congressman chairs the House Natural Resources Committee which held a meeting Tuesday that Gohmert also attended.