UPDATE: Possible virus exposure for lawmakers sheltering during riot
The House votes to fine lawmakers who do not wear masks on the House floor
WASHINGTON (KLKN, AP) — House lawmakers may have been exposed to someone testing positive for COVID-19 while they sheltered at an undisclosed location during the Capitol siege on Wednesday. Lawmakers were taken to that location as a violent mob loyal to President Donald Trump ransacked the Capitol.
The Capitol’s attending physician notified all lawmakers Sunday of the potential virus exposure. Dr. Brian Moynihan urged them to be tested. The infected individual wasn’t named. Some lawmakers and staff were furious after video surfaced of Republican lawmakers not wearing their masks in the room during lockdown.
During a meeting of the House of Representatives, the members of the House voted to authorize fines against lawmakers who will not wear their masks on the House floor. There will be a $500 fine for the first offense, $2,500 fine for the next. It will be taken out of their paychecks.