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Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., calls Pelosi a ‘legendary legislative leader.’ He also calls on Senate Majority Leader McConnell to allow the $2,000 stimulus checks bill to move forward in the Senate.
Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis., said she intends to vote on the House floor on Sunday, despite announcing six days ago that she tested positive for coronavirus, as Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., hunts for every vote she can get in her push to reprise her role as House speaker.
Moore announced on Dec. 28 that she had tested positive for coronavirus, though she did not specify which day she tested positive. She has not yet said if she has tested negative for COVID-19. Fox News' inquiry to Moore's office was not immediately returned.
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"Thank you all for the well wishes," Moore wrote on Twitter on Sunday. "I am feeling good! My quarantine is over and I am medically cleared to travel and work on behalf of Wisconsin's Fourth Congressional District."
Meanwhile, three other members of Congress will be allowed to vote on Sunday via "special arrangements" because they are still in their quarantine windows despite testing negative for the virus, Politico's Heather Caygle and Melanie Zanona reported.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has detailed two acceptable quarantine periods, although it noted that the previously established 14-day quarantine is the best way to reduce the risk of virus spread. Officials said quarantine can now end after 10 days without a COVID-19 test if the person reports no symptoms, or after seven days with a negative test result if the person reports no symptoms.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks about the late Rep.-elect Luke Letlow, R-La., during a news conference Wednesday Dec. 30, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Letlow died Tuesday after battling COVID-19. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
The three members, two Democrats and one Republican, will have a special entrance closed off to the public and will be enclosed by Plexiglas in the gallery, they reported.
"Upon the direction of the Office of the Attending Physician and the House Sergeant at Arms, a secure enclosure has been erected in Gallery 4 of the House Chamber to allow members who are in quarantine status to fulfill their Constitutional duties," Dr. Brian Monahan, Attending Physician of the U.S. Congress, said in a statement, according to CNN.
Republicans were critical of Moore's decision to report for duty in-person.
"The coronavirus won’t stop Nancy Pelosi’s quest for power," the Republican National Committee's rapid response director Steve Guest wrote on Twitter.
Moore had said she did not expect her coronavirus diagnosis to affect her "work for Wisconsin's Fourth" when announcing she had tested positive.
"I tested positive for COVID-19," Moore wrote on Twitter on Dec. 28. "I am following guidance from my doctor and am isolating from others. I am thankful to be feeling well. And I do not foresee this disrupting my work for Wisconsin’s Fourth."
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Fox News' Chad Pergram and Kayla Rivas contributed to this report.
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