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 LewisHillicon Valley: Productivity, fatigue, cybersecurity emerge as top concerns amid pandemic | Facebook critics launch alternative oversight board | Google to temporarily bar election ads after polls close Underwood takes over as chair of House cybersecurity panel Trump to pay respects to Ginsburg at Supreme Court 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 PenceTrump met with chants of protest as he pays respects to Ruth Bader Ginsburg How fast population growth made Arizona a swing state The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden, Pence elbow bump at NYC Sept. 11 ceremony 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.

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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 PelosiPelosi: Trump Supreme Court pick 'threatens' Affordable Care Act Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for SCOTUS confirmation hearings before election Will Democrats attempt to pack the Supreme Court again? MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHawley warns Schumer to steer clear of Catholic-based criticisms of Barrett Senate GOP set to vote on Trump's Supreme Court pick before election Harris slams Trump's Supreme Court pick as an attempt to 'destroy the Affordable Care Act' 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 John TrumpBiden says voters should choose who nominates Supreme Court justice Trump, Biden will not shake hands at first debate due to COVID-19 Pelosi: Trump Supreme Court pick 'threatens' Affordable Care Act 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 BidenBiden says voters should choose who nominates Supreme Court justice Trump, Biden will not shake hands at first debate due to COVID-19 Joe Biden should enact critical government reforms if he wins MORE is scheduled to travel to Washington, D.C., to pay respects to Lewis at the Capitol on Monday.