Democratic Rep. Nydia Velazquez gave a speech from the House floor last week and later stood next to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as the $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill was passed and signed into law by President Donald Trump.
Now, days after being in close contact with 80-year-old Pelosi, Velazquez has revealed that she has a “presumed coronavirus infection.”
The Democratic lawmaker took to Twitter on Tuesday and released a statement admitting that she likely has the novel coronavirus, saying that she experienced very similar symptoms “in the wee hours of Sunday morning.”
“I developed the abrupt onset of muscle aches, fevers, nasal congestion and stomach upset. I noticed that I could no longer smell my perfume or taste my food. After speaking with The Attending Physician by phone, I was diagnosed with presumed coronavirus infection,” said Velazquez said in a statement.
“My symptoms are mild at the present time and I am taking Tylenol for fever, and isolating myself at my home,” she continued. “At the advice of The Attending Physician, neither COVID 19 laboratory testing nor a doctor’s office visit was recommended. I am carefully monitoring my symptoms, working remotely and in constant contact with my staff.”
She made the announcement on Twitter:
Her announcement comes days after House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy slammed Pelosi for misleading the American people and spreading what he called “outright lies.”
During his weekly press conference, the California Republican went after Pelosi over comments she made about changes made to the $2 trillion Coronavirus stimulus package that passed the Senate on Wednesday.
“A few minutes ago the Speaker stood at this podium and claimed that House Democrats did what she called a jujitsu to change the bill — that is an outright lie,” McCarthy said. “The fundamental portions of this bill has not changed since Sunday.”
McCarthy continued, “Four months for unemployment was already decided on Sunday. The grant to keep employees hired in small business was already decided on Sunday.”
“The only few additions were funding of things that had nothing to do with the Coronavirus,” he added.
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