Pelosi, McConnell announce John Lewis will lie in State

Pelosi, McConnell announce John Lewis will lie in State
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The body of the late Rep. John LewisJohn LewisDemocrats worry Senate will be graveyard for Biden agenda Vernon Jordan: an American legend, and a good friend GOP lawyer tells Supreme Court curtailing Sunday voting lawful MORE (D-Ga.) will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiLawmakers demand changes after National Guard troops at Capitol sickened from tainted food Andrew Yang condemns attacks against Asian Americans Congress in lockdown: Will we just 'get used to it'? MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell makes failed bid to adjourn Senate after hours-long delay Paul Ryan to host fundraiser for Cheney amid GOP tensions Senate Democrats near deal to reduce jobless boost to 0 MORE (R-Ky.) announced Thursday.

An invitation-only arrival ceremony for the late congressman and civil rights leader will take place Monday at 1:30 p.m., and the public will be allowed to pay their respects Monday and Tuesday, according to congressional leaders. Lewis will lie in state at the top of the Capitol’s East Front Steps during the public viewing.

Anyone wishing to pay their respects will be required to wear masks in compliance with an order issued by Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser (D), while social distancing will be “strictly enforced” according to the announcement.


Lewis’s family has asked those wishing to pay their respects not to travel across the country, citing the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“Virtual tributes may be posted online using the hashtags #BelovedCommunity or #HumanDignity,” Pelosi and McConnell’s offices said in a joint statement.

Congressional leaders had earlier been unsure of the logistics of allowing Lewis to lie in state due to the pandemic. House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerHouse Democrats introduce bill providing citizenship to Dreamers On The Money: Democrats deals to bolster support for relief bill | Biden tries to keep Democrats together | Retailers fear a return of the mask wars Here's who Biden is now considering for budget chief MORE (D-Md.) said Monday that the congressman “certainly” should lie in state.

“If anybody deserves to lie in state here at the Capitol, it's John,” Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) said Monday. “Not only was he the conscience of the Congress, but he also brought nobility to the position. People like him are irreplaceable.”

Lewis’s family has delayed memorial service plans to allow for the burial of his fellow civil rights icon, the Rev. C.T. Vivian. Vivian died Friday, the same day as Lewis.