Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a rare letter jointly rejecting the Trump administration's offer to supply Capitol Hill with 1,000 rapid-result coronavirus tests, asking that they be prioritized for front-line workers.
The duo deed these putting the citizens as priority as at the moment testing capacity across the country is still far behind what’s needed to properly assess the spread of the virus.
“Congress is grateful for the Administration’s generous offer to deploy rapid COVID-19 testing capabilities to Capitol Hill, but we respectfully decline the offer at this time,” the leaders wrote. “Our country’s testing capacities are continuing to scale up nationwide, and Congress wants to keep directing resources to the front-line facilities where they can do the most good the most quickly.”
Sen. Kevin McCarthy, the top Republican in the House, disagrees with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, saying
"I do disagree about the testing, As we open up, we cannot assume that there will not be a flare up somewhere. I want to be prepared for that. You want to have tracing and others."
"You want to make sure the government doesn't collapse or not be able to meet. What does that say to the country? What does that say to the rest of the world? You want to make sure it’s functioning. So I do not think it would be wrong to have one of the Abbott tests where you could have a quick response"
The tests offered by the Trump administration could have allowed lawmakers and some staff to preemptively check for the coronavirus and know the results within minutes.
"There is tremendous CoronaVirus testing capacity in Washington for the Senators returning to Capital (sic) Hill on Monday. Likewise the House, which should return but isn't because of Crazy Nancy P."