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Moore to appear in House for Speaker's vote after testing positive for COVID-19

Moore to appear in House for Speaker's vote after testing positive for COVID-19
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Rep. Gwen MooreGwen Sophia MooreDemocrats offer bill to encourage hiring of groups hard-hit by pandemic Shining a light on COINTELPRO's dangerous legacy Lawmakers urge IRS to boost outreach about tax credits for low-income Americans MORE (D-Wis.), who announced she tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 28, is slated to be present at the Capitol on Sunday for the Speaker’s vote.

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that those who test positive or have been exposed to the virus quarantine for at least seven to 10 days, Moore's office told Punchbowl News that she “has worked with doctors and is safe to travel.”

Asked later by a reporter if she had tested negative, Moore acknowledged, "I didn't get a negative test," but said she was cleared by the Capitol's attending physician, Brian Monahan, to be in the Capitol and had quarantined for two weeks. 

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Her decision to partake in the vote comes as Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiVaccinated lawmakers no longer required to wear masks on House floor Simmering Democratic tensions show signs of boiling over Pelosi signals no further action against Omar MORE (D-Calif.) faces a razor-thin margin to retain her gavel.

The House allowed proxy voting during votes last year and will do so again in this Congress but not until passage of a rules package in a vote after the Speakership vote.

Monahan also approved the use of a plexiglass enclosure in the visitor's gallery in the House chamber to allow three lawmakers who are supposed to be quarantining to vote on Sunday. But the enclosure does not have a top and is not fully sealed.

Republicans criticized Pelosi for Moore to appear in the chamber. 

"Looks like @SpeakerPelosi's proxy voting and remote hearing measures are only essential when her leadership position isn't on the line," Rep. Bruce WestermanBruce Eugene WestermanBiden administration moves to reverse Trump endangered species rollbacks Three questions about Biden's conservation goals Biden officials unveil plan to conserve 30 percent of US lands and water MORE (R-Ark.) tweeted.

“Well, that would be wrong. I mean, we have two members who have COVID and we kept them home. I couldn't imagine that she [Pelosi] would bring somebody in here that could cause people problems,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyPelosi, leaders seek to squelch Omar controversy with rare joint statement Omar: I wasn't equating terrorist organizations with democratic countries Schumer bemoans number of Republicans who believe Trump will be reinstated: 'A glaring warning' MORE (R-Calif.) told The Hill.

Cristina Marcos contributed. Updated at 2:38 p.m.