Washington Rep. Pramila Jayapal revealed Monday that she has tested positive for COVID-19.
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Rep. Jayapal laid the blame at the feet of Republican lawmakers who “recklessly refused to wear masks” while members of Congress were locked down in a secure room during last week’s siege of the U.S. Capitol.
Over 100 representatives were together in that room for hours, and were later warned by Congressional attending physician Dr. Brian Monahan that they might have “been exposed to another occupant with coronavirus.”
According to Jayapal, “several Republicans not only cruelly refused to wear a mask but mocked colleagues and staff who offered them one.”

I just received a positive COVID-19 test result after being locked down in a secured room at the Capitol where several Republicans not only cruelly refused to wear a mask but recklessly mocked colleagues and staff who offered them one.https://t.co/wVmgroKsdf
— Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) January 12, 2021

“Too many Republicans have refused to take this pandemic and virus seriously, and in doing so, they endanger everyone around them. Only hours after President Trump incited a deadly assault on our Capitol, our country, and our democracy, many Republicans still refused to take the bare minimum COVID-19 precaution and simply wear a mask in a crowded room during a pandemic,” she said in a written release.
Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) also received news of a positive COVID test on Monday, who echoed her Democratic colleague’s sentiments.
“It angers me when (Republicans in Congress) refuse to adhere to

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