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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 LewisThis Juneteenth, will Congress finally ensure Black freedom? Black lawmakers warn against complacency after Juneteenth victory Commemorating Juneteenth: Learn from the past to improve the present and future 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 PencePence buys .9M home in Indiana There is no pandemic recovery plan without the arts and culture Karen Pence confirms move back to Indiana: 'No place like home' 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 PelosiMaria Bartiromo defends reporting: 'Keep trashing me, I'll keep telling the truth' Democratic clamor grows for select committee on Jan. 6 attack GOP increasingly balks at calling Jan. 6 an insurrection MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPortman: Republicans are 'absolutely' committed to bipartisan infrastructure bill Graham calls voting rights bill 'biggest power grab' in history The wild card that might save Democrats in the midterms 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 TrumpMaria Bartiromo defends reporting: 'Keep trashing me, I'll keep telling the truth' The Memo: The center strikes back Republicans eye Nashville crack-up to gain House seat 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 BidenExpanding child tax credit could lift 4 million children out of poverty: analysis Maria Bartiromo defends reporting: 'Keep trashing me, I'll keep telling the truth' The Memo: The center strikes back MORE is scheduled to travel to Washington, D.C., to pay respects to Lewis at the Capitol on Monday.