Durbin: 'I do feel safe' at the Capitol

Durbin: 'I do feel safe' at the Capitol
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Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinOn The Money: Pessimism grows as coronavirus talks go down to the wire | Jobs report poised to light fire under COVID-19 talks | Tax preparers warn unemployment recipients could owe IRS Pessimism grows as coronavirus talks go down to the wire Senate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic MORE (D-Ill.) said Wednesday that he feels safe working in the U.S. Capitol during the coronavirus pandemic.

“I do feel safe,” Durbin said when asked by NBC’s Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddKaren Bass: 'I'm not a socialist, I'm not a communist' Cuba spells trouble for Bass's VP hopes Chuck Todd's 'MTP Daily' moves time slots, Nicolle Wallace expands to two hours MORE on Wednesday. “But you know, this is an invisible enemy here. There’s no way of knowing. I wear my mask, and I do what I’m supposed to do. I wash my hands. I’m using sanitizer and this and that.”

However, Durbin added, “I’m aware that I’m in a city that’s shut down, where they basically said, ‘Everybody living here, stay home to be safe.’ I’m not home. I’m at work, and I should be at work, but I should be working on the COVID virus issues, not on Sen. McConnell’s favorite political issue,” an apparent reference to the confirmation hearings for Judge Justin Walker, a nominee for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

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Asked by Todd if he believed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellCoronavirus talks collapse as negotiators fail to reach deal Pelosi, Schumer say White House declined T coronavirus deal COVID-19 bill limiting liability would strike the wrong balance MORE (R-Ky.) had brought the Senate back only to confirm Walker, Durbin responded that there were numerous other questions the Senate Judiciary Committee should be addressing during the pandemic.

“Why are we not taking up the question of profiteering or testing or making sure that people are held accountable if they misrepresent and do a health scam on a senior citizen?” he asked.

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Only one senator has tested positive for the virus thus far, Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulTrump-backed Hagerty wins Tennessee GOP Senate primary Senators introduce bill to block Trump armed drone sale measure The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump's visit to battleground Ohio overshadowed by coronavirus MORE (R-Ky.), who has said it is unnecessary for him to wear a mask while on Capitol Hill now that he has recovered from the virus.

“I can’t get it again, nor can I transmit it,” Paul told reporters Tuesday. “So of all the people you'll meet here, I'm about the only safe person in Washington.”

Public health experts are unsure whether those who have recovered from the virus are immune.