Pence to visit lying in state of civil rights icon John Lewis

Pence to visit lying in state of civil rights icon John Lewis
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Vice President Pence will visit the Capitol on Monday evening to honor Rep. John LewisJohn LewisConstitutional rights are the exception Clintons, Stacey Abrams meeting Texas Democrats Virginia Democrats seek to tie Youngkin to Trump's election claims MORE, the longtime Georgia Democratic lawmaker and civil rights icon who is lying in state today at the Rotunda. 

Pence and second lady Karen PenceKaren Sue PenceJill Biden takes starring role at difficult Olympics Pence refused to leave Capitol during riot: book Doug Emhoff carves out path as first second gentleman MORE will visit the Capitol to pay their respects Monday evening, after the vice president returns from a trip to Miami, Fla., to discuss coronavirus vaccine trials, according to his public schedule.

Lewis’s casket will be moved from the rotunda and displayed outside at the top of the steps of the Capitol building so that members of the public can pay their respects to the late congressman while also adhering to public health guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic. The outdoor public viewing will take place Monday evening and all day Tuesday.


Masks will be required to enter the line to view Lewis’s casket and social distancing will be enforced, according to a statement issued by House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiCapitol riot defendants have started a jail newsletter: report On The Money: Biden asks Congress to extend eviction ban with days until expiration | Economic growth rose to 6.5 percent annual rate in second quarter Top Democrat: 'A lot of spin' coming from White House on infrastructure MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellAn August ultimatum: No recess until redistricting reform is done After police rip Trump for Jan. 6, McCarthy again blames Pelosi The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - US gymnast wins all-around gold as Simone Biles cheers from the stands MORE (R-Ky.) last week.

Lewis, a key figure of the civil rights movement who survived a brutal beating by Alabama state troopers during “Bloody Sunday” in 1965, died at the age of 80 after a battle with cancer earlier this month.

President TrumpDonald TrumpMyPillow CEO to pull ads from Fox News Haaland, Native American leaders press for Indigenous land protections Simone Biles, Vince Lombardi and the courage to walk away MORE, who is traveling to North Carolina, is not scheduled to attend the lying in state Monday and it is unclear if he plans to do so on Tuesday. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters Friday that she had “no announcements” regarding Trump’s schedule when asked if he would travel to the Capitol to view Lewis’s casket. 

Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenFirst lady leaves Walter Reed after foot procedure Biden backs effort to include immigration in budget package MyPillow CEO to pull ads from Fox News MORE is scheduled to travel to Washington, D.C., to pay respects to Lewis at the Capitol on Monday.