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Politics Senate sets poor example of social distancing during coronavirus stimulus vote

09:10  26 march  2020
09:10  26 march  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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WASHINGTON – As the Senate voted on an emergency economic relief package Wednesday night, Twitter users were quick to point out that the Senators were not following social distancing recommendations from health agencies.

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During the vote on the coronavirus stimulus package, senators were given 30 minutes to vote instead of the traditional 15 so they could practice social distancing.

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However, as the votes were tallied, Senators could be seen standing close together, talking and chatting, before they adjourned until April 20, a date announced Wednesday by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describes social distancing as, "remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible."

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Just Monday, one of their Senate colleagues, Rand Paul, R-KY., tested positive for COVID-19, sending shock waves through the Capitol as he had continued to attend events and use shared facilities as he awaited the test results. Two of his colleagues self-quarantined out of abundance of caution following his announcement.

As the virus started to spread, the idea of changing foundational congressional rules to allow voting from remote locations rather than all together has become a serious proposition in a body that prides itself on following time-honored customs. 

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Senate falls far short of votes needed to advance coronavirus bill as clash Social distancing won’t just require government-level decisions — individual people will need to take steps to change their daily routines, based on their own judgment and the local situation.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Senate Republicans had been critical of the House-passed legislation, but emphasized that it is After an initial vote last week, the House approved a set of changes to the legislation on Monday, clearing the path for the Senate to take it up this week.

a person wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. gives a thumbs up as he arrives on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) ORG XMIT: DCAH102 © Andrew Harnik, AP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. gives a thumbs up as he arrives on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) ORG XMIT: DCAH102

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Currently, Senate rules require a senator to be physically present during a roll call vote. Senators may vote from their desks or in the well of the chamber, but they must be present so the clerk can record their vote.

The CDC has advised people older than 60 to avoid large crowds. The average age is 63 in the Senate.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Senate sets poor example of social distancing during coronavirus stimulus vote

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