US congress rejects COVID-19 test

US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — The US Congress rejected the proposal of the US administration to conduct a quick test among lawmakers for coronavirus, a corresponding joint statement was made by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Democrat Nancy Pelosi and the leader of the Republican majority in the Senate, Mitch McConnell.

“Congress thanks the administration for the generous offer to deploy the COVID-19 rapid-action test complex on Capitol Hill, but at the moment we respectfully reject the proposal,” the statement said.

Lawmakers note that testing across the country is gaining momentum, and Congress wants to continue to “channel resources to institutions that are at the forefront, where they can be most beneficial and faster.”

“In accordance with the guidelines of the Center for Disease Control, Congress will use the current testing rules that have been enforced by the attending physician’s office until these faster technologies become more accessible,” the statement said.

Both houses of Congress plan to resume work on May 4.

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