We’ve got people here who’ve refused to get vaccinated and are actually discouraging others to get vaccinated. The Republican Party no longer lives in reality. It’s pathetic. — Representative Jim McGovern of Massachusetts
We’ve got people here who’ve refused to get vaccinated and are actually discouraging others to get vaccinated. The Republican Party no longer lives in reality. It’s pathetic. — Representative Jim McGovern of Massachusetts
In the Capitol, the Delta Variant Spreads Worry and Partisanship
Breakthrough coronavirus cases have emerged in multiple offices in Congress, including the speaker’s. The line for in-house testing snakes through a long corridor and into a visitors’ center atrium. The Capitol’s doctor has warned of the possible return of a mask mandate.

The Delta variant has reached Capitol Hill, but a common enemy has only made recriminations and anger worse between the two political parties. Republicans, caught between a political base that is often resistant to vaccination and an imperative to save the lives of their voters, point their fingers at Democrats and blame them, without evidence, for covering up the virus’s origins.

Democrats fault Republicans who have done little to push back against vaccine skeptics in their ranks, and even now are soft-pedaling their calls for people to take the shot.

“We’ve got people here who’ve refused to get vaccinated and are actually discouraging others to get vaccinated,” said Representative Jim McGovern of Massachusetts. “The Republican Party no longer lives in reality. It’s pathetic.”

... It is clear in the Capitol that the resurgence of the coronavirus — which is once again filling intensive care units around the country — is not pulling the nation together.


“Some of my frustration comes from talking to former colleagues still working in the I.C.U.,” said Representative Ami Bera, Democrat of California and a doctor. “The first year, they didn’t have much to treat patients. They were intubating and just trying to keep them alive. Now for every patient they’re putting on a ventilator, this was absolutely preventable. Every one of them is unvaccinated.”

... Even beyond the Capitol, lawmakers’ frustration is showing. Representative Raul Ruiz, a California Democrat who was an emergency room doctor, said that he recently joked with a friend in his district who is a vaccine denier about the dire consequences of his beliefs.

“This will prove Darwinism,” Mr. Ruiz said he had told his constituent, “because those with common sense who use their intelligence will survive.”

He didn’t sound as though he was joking.
Read the full article: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/23/us/politics/congress-delta-coronavirus.html