Speed Reads

the coronavirus crisis

3rd House Democrat tests positive for COVID-19 following Capitol riot, blames mask-less GOP colleagues

Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Ill.) on Tuesday became the third House Democrat to publicly announce a positive COVID-19 test in the last two days, and, like Reps. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.) and Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), he's blaming Republican colleagues who refused to wear a mask while a group of lawmakers were sheltering in place together during last week's deadly riot at the United States Capitol.

Schneider, who has not experienced any symptoms so far, said he is "worried that I have risked my wife's health and angry at the selfishness and arrogance of the anti-maskers who put their own contempt and disregard for decency ahead of the health and safety of their colleagues and their staff."

He went on to call for any members of House who "flout public health guidance" within the Capitol to be "sanctioned and immediately removed from the House floor by the sergeant-at-arms for their reckless endangerment of their colleagues." Tim O'Donnell