Government surveillance bill withdrawn in the House of Representatives

Clay Curtis
May 31, 2020

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Lawmakers learned Wednesday that state Rep. Andrew Lewis, R-Dauphin, had tested positive a full week earlier, on May 20. Another Republican representative, Russ Diamond, who said he was notified of possible exposure, spoke at an anti-shutdown protest outside the Capitol last month and had reported on social media he did not wear a mask while shopping.

He said he followed his caucus' policy for notifying House human resources as well as the Department of Health protocols. "It will be our intention to go to conference in order to ensure that all of the views of all members of our caucus are represented in the final product".

"The House language protects USA persons with the same clear blanket prohibition provided by my Senate amendment". "They did do some kind of quarantine". Lewis said he is fully recovered. While our communities begin opening up and people return to work, Democrats are content to sit at home and receive a paycheck while others cast votes on their behalf for the very people they were elected to serve.

In an emotional and profanity-laced Facebook video recorded in his office at the Capitol, Rep. Brian K. Sims, D-Philadelphia, said Diamond had "apparently been quarantining himself for weeks" but "didn't explain that to any of us when he was in committee, talking with us or walking up and down the aisles or bumping into us or letting us hold the door open for him".

Attorney General Josh Shapiro declined requests by fellow Democrats to criminally investigate how Lewis' diagnosis was handled. The speaker later added that he would self-disclose if he found out he was COVID-19 positive and urged the rest of the House members to do the same.

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"I'm right now surrounded by members that can't go see their kids, that are having to call their husbands, having to call their wives and saying, 'Honey, I might have exposed you and everybody I love in the world because one of my colleagues tested positive, but he was protecting his family but not protecting mine, and Republican leadership protected him, '" Sims raged, pounding his desk.

"I hope all Republican House Members vote NO on FISA until such time as our Country is able to determine how and why the greatest political, criminal, and subversive scandal in US history took place!"

That lawsuit is in its early stages, but GOP leaders said they're voting this week under protest because of the designated voter scheme.

Over in the Senate, Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson County, indicated that chamber too is discussing possible COVID-19-related rule changes and will be watching to see what the House does in light of the controversy surrounding Lewis' diagnosis.

"Thankfully, my staff member tested negative; however, that information led to the Senate taking the necessary precautions of delaying a planned session week while awaiting test results", Williams stated. The rule allows a lawmaker to vote for up to 10 absent colleagues as long as they inform the clerk and indicate their vote.

"We can not in good conscience vote for legislation that violates Americans' fundamental right to privacy", said the progressive caucus' leaders, Reps.

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