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 MooreMcMorris Rodgers floats vacating Speaker's chair over Democrat's in-person vote after COVID diagnosis House approves rules package for new Congress Top House Appropriations Republican tests COVID-19 positive 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. 


Her decision to partake in the vote comes as Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care: Biden unveils virus plan and urges patience | Fauci says it's 'liberating' working under Biden | House to move quickly on COVID-19 relief Overnight Defense: House approves waiver for Biden's Pentagon nominee | Biden to seek five-year extension of key arms control pact with Russia | Two more US service members killed by COVID-19 On The Money: Pelosi says House will move immediately on COVID-19 relief | Biden faces backlash over debt | 900,000 more Americans file for unemployment benefits 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 WestermanGOP attacks Democrats for allowing Moore to vote after positive COVID test Moore to appear in House for Speaker's vote after testing positive for COVID-19 LIVE COVERAGE: House votes to name Speaker 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 supports Cheney remaining in leadership amid calls for her to step down The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden hits the ground running on COVID Biden's inauguration marked by conflict of hope and fear MORE (R-Calif.) told The Hill.

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