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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 MooreLawmakers urge IRS to boost outreach about tax credits for low-income Americans McMorris Rodgers floats vacating Speaker's chair over Democrat's in-person vote after COVID diagnosis House approves rules package for new Congress 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 PelosiMcCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 After vote against coronavirus relief package, Golden calls for more bipartisanship in Congress Democrats don't trust GOP on 1/6 commission: 'These people are dangerous' 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 WestermanHouse passes major public lands package OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Haaland courts moderates during tense confirmation hearing | GOP's Westerman looks to take on Democrats on climate change | White House urges passage of House public lands package The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Tanden's odds plummet to lead OMB 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 McCarthyMcCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 Democrats don't trust GOP on 1/6 commission: 'These people are dangerous' Sunday shows preview: 2024 hopefuls gather at CPAC; House passes coronavirus relief; vaccine effort continues MORE (R-Calif.) told The Hill.

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