“COVID is having a domino effect in the Capitol, and we need transparency and tracing. 3 GOP Senators have already tested positive, and we do not yet know the full extent of exposure,” Schumer said on Sunday.
“If it’s too dangerous to have the Senate in session, it’s too dangerous for committee hearings,” he added:
The minority leader followed up on Monday, calling on the GOP to “halt this increasingly reckless Supreme Court process” and demanding “thorough COVID testing” for the Senate “now.”
“Americans see the similarity between GOP willingness to put Senators and staff at risk in pursuit of power and their willingness to strip health care from millions,” he added,
repeating the false claim that a Justice Barrett would threaten health care for millions of Americans:
Two members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) have since tested positive for the virus. Both have struck optimistic tones, with Lee going as far as
stating that he looks forward to being back in time to join his colleagues in the confirmation process for Barrett, which is slated to begin October 12:
Schumer’s line of attack has remained consistent over the last few days. Following President Trump’s positive coronavirus diagnosis, the New York lawmaker
scolded the administration for having what he described as a “cavalier attitude” toward the virus and ignoring “science.” Later that day, he declared that it was “irresponsible and dangerous to move forward with a hearing” and added that there is “absolutely no good reason to do so”:
Neither Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) nor Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) have shown signs of delaying the process despite the emergence of coronavirus cases among lawmakers and members of the Trump administration. Most recently, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany
announced that she, too, has tested positive for the virus.
“Full steam ahead with the fair, thorough, timely process that the nominee, the Court, & the country deserve,” McConnell said on Friday: