At least six members of the U.S. Congress have been declared infected with the new coronavirus, and more than 30 members are or have been self-isolated in the hope of controlling the spread of the virus,media reported. An estimated 230 members of Congress returned to Washington on Friday to pass the bailout, despite the health risks of gathering at the Capitol.
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Now that Congress has passed the $2.2 trillion economic relief bill, and Mr. Trump has signed it into law, neither the House nor the Senate will return to Washington until April 20 at the earliest.
The six lawmakers who have been diagnosed with new pneumonia are New York Democratic Rep. Nydia Velazquez, who returned to Washington on Friday to vote on the stimulus bill; and Representative Mike Kelly, Republican of Pennsylvania, who was diagnosed with the infection on Friday.
South Carolina Democratic Rep. Joe Cunningham; Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul; Florida Republican Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart; and Representative Ben McAdams, Democrat of Utah.