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Unlike Trump and Pence, McConnell and Pelosi Refuse Rapid Tests

The United States had its first confirmed case of COVID-19 on January 21st. In the months since then, the country has been criticized for its slow response to the illness when compared to similar countries. One of the biggest problems has been a lack of testing kits.

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Despite the White House’s claims that there are enough tests, governors around the country have complained about their lack of availability. Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell recently highlighted this lack of kits by refusing rapid testing for both the House and the Senate.

The Senate Majority Leader and the Speaker of the House issued a bi-partisan statement that read:

“Congress is grateful for the Administration’s generous offer to deploy rapid COVID-19 testing capabilities to Capitol Hill, but we respectfully decline the offer at this time. Our country’s testing capacities are continuing to scale up nationwide and Congress wants to keep directing resources to the front-line facilities where they can do the most good the most quickly.”

The President has taken multiple Coronavirus tests. He told reporters in early April, “I think I took it really out of curiosity to see how fast it worked. The second one is much more pleasant.”

The Vice President also said that he’s taken multiple tests while explaining his refusal to wear a face mask at the Mayo Clinic. Pence wrote in a statement, “As Vice President of the United States I’m tested for the coronavirus on a regular basis, and everyone who is around me is tested for the coronavirus.”



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