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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 LewisOssoff features Obama in TV ad ahead of in Georgia run-off Democrats were united on top issues this Congress — but will it hold? Democrats lead in diversity in new Congress despite GOP gains MORE (D-Ga.) will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPressure builds for coronavirus relief with no clear path to deal Top GOP senator warns government funding deal unlikely this week Houston will send residents checks of up to ,200 for pandemic relief MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPressure builds for coronavirus relief with no clear path to deal Top GOP senator warns government funding deal unlikely this week Criminal justice groups offer support for Durbin amid fight for Judiciary spot 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.

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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 HoyerCapitol physician advises lawmakers against attending dinners, receptions during COVID-19 spike Congress ends its year under shadow of COVID-19 Overnight Defense: Defense bill among Congress's year-end scramble | Iranian scientist's assassination adds hurdles to Biden's plan on nuclear deal | Navy scrapping USS Bonhomme Richard after fire 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.