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 LewisMore than 50 Confederate monuments have been removed since Floyd's death: report Trump rips Bill Maher as 'exhausted, gaunt and weak' Trump's personality is as much a problem as his performance 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 PenceBiden pays his respects to John Lewis at the Capitol Trump will not visit Capitol to pay respects to civil rights icon John Lewis The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - High-ranking White House official tests positive 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 PelosiOn The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Bass on filling Harris's Senate spot: 'I'll keep all my options open' Win by QAnon believer creates new headaches for House GOP MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOn The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate Democrats say White House isn't budging in coronavirus relief stalemate 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 TrumpNew Bob Woodward book will include details of 25 personal letters between Trump and Kim Jong Un On The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Biden commemorates anniversary of Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally: 'We are in a battle for the soul of our nation' 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 BidenRon Johnson signals some GOP senators concerned about his Obama-era probes On The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Biden commemorates anniversary of Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally: 'We are in a battle for the soul of our nation' MORE is scheduled to travel to Washington, D.C., to pay respects to Lewis at the Capitol on Monday.