McConnell: Discussions underway on 'precautions' in Capitol over coronavirus 

McConnell: Discussions underway on 'precautions' in Capitol over coronavirus 
© Greg Nash

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBoebert communications director resigns amid Capitol riot: report Urgency mounts for new voting rights bill Senate Democrats leery of nixing filibuster MORE (R-Ky.) said on Monday that discussions are underway about what, if any, steps need to be taken within the Capitol amid growing fears about a widespread coronavirus outbreak in the United States. 

“In regard to the Capitol, we’re in the process of determining exactly what precautions, if any, to take at the Capitol to protect those who work here and visit here,” McConnell told a group of reporters on Monday. 

McConnell did not disclose what steps are under discussion, or who is involved in the talks. Congressional offices have already been told to brush up their plan in the case of a pandemic. 


Any steps taken in the Capitol would likely be closely scrutinized, adding pressure for lawmakers as they weigh potential actions. 

Washington confirmed four more deaths related to the coronavirus on Monday, bringing the total to six.

There have been reports of coronavirus cases in 10 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Negotiators are still working on an emergency funding bill to combat the coronavirus. Lawmakers want to pass the funding before they leave for a weeklong March recess. 

The Trump administration requested $2.5 billion, half of which would be new funding. 

But a source familiar with the talks said on Monday that negotiators are looking at between $7 billion to $8 billion — roughly triple what was initially requested by the White House.