At least 50 GOP members of the House of Representatives refused to wear masks in the secure location where lawmakers were sheltering during the insurrection, even as older Democratic members pleaded with them. Newly-elected Jake LaTurner (R-KS) was among them. LaTurner tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday night, after spending hours on the House floor objecting to the electoral count. LaTurner is the third House member to have tested positive for COVID-19 this week, following Texas GOP Representatives Kay Granger and Kevin Brady.
The charming LaTurner was the lead sponsor of legislation allowing Kansas adults to carry firearms without a concealed carry permit.
Coronavirus cases in the United States continue to rise. Yesterday there were 255,730 new cases and more than 4,000 deaths reported. It was the country’s worst day of the pandemic so far, in both categories.
Congress has come under fire for lacking consistent procedures to protect members and staff from the coronavirus. More than 100 members of Congress have tested positive.