Newly Elected Freedom Caucus President Tests Positive for COVID-19

The newly elected leader of the far-right House Freedom Caucus, Rep. Scott perryScott Gordon PerryHouse Freedom Caucus elects Rep. Scott Perry as new chairman Meadows is under increasing focus from Jan. 6 panel The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by ExxonMobil – House sprints for Build Back Better, infrastructure vote today MORE (R-Pa.), Tested positive for COVID-19.

Perry’s office said in a statement Tuesday that “his symptoms are quite mild” and that he is working while in home quarantine.

“This is a personal health matter and our office will have no further comment,” said the statement additional.

A spokesperson for Perry did not immediately respond when asked by The Hill if the Pennsylvania Republican had been vaccinated against COVID-19.

Members of the House Freedom Caucus elected Perry as the group’s new chair on Monday to replace Limited-Term Representative Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), Who will remain a member of their board.

While it’s unclear if Perry has been vaccinated, he has previously criticized efforts to mandate COVID-19 vaccines.

“Folks, if you want the vaccine, of course, go ahead. But if you don’t want the vaccine, you shouldn’t have to worry about being forced or fired. Not nurses, not doctors, not first responders, not our troops. Consent, never coercion,” Perry wrote in a facebook post.

At least 18 members of Congress, 14 in the House and four in the Senate, have tested positive for COVID-19 in recent months despite being fully vaccinated.

Two additional House Republicans. Clay HigginsGlen (Clay) Clay Higgins The Memo: Experts Warn of New Violence Amid Gosar Storm Rep. Tim Ryan Becomes Latest Case of COVID-19 Advancement in Congress NY Democrat Tests Positive for COVID-19 in the latest House of Representatives advance case MORE (La.) And Barry Moore (Alabama), also tested positive for the virus during the summer, but it is unclear if they were vaccinated.

Before Perry’s diagnosis was revealed on Tuesday, the most recent lawmaker to announce that he had tested positive for the virus was Rep. Glenn thompsonGlenn (GT) W. Thompson Bipartisan Bill to Change the Chessboard for Broadband Connectivity in Rural America NIGHT ENERGY: Supreme Court Rules Pipeline May Take Over New Jersey Land | Study: EPA Underestimated Methane Emissions From Oil and Gas Development | Kevin McCarthy establishes working groups on climate and other issues. Stefanik reorganizes and starts competing early for committee seats. PLUS (R-Pa.) At the end of October despite being vaccinated. The House still has a mask requirement in place for all legislators and staff, with fines starting at $ 500 if members fail to comply while in the chamber.

Mayor of DC Muriel bowserMuriel BowserGreene Granted Permission to Enter the ‘Patriot Wing’ of DC Jail to Visit the Jan 6 Defendants Bowser Running for a Third Term as Mayor of DC Equilibrium / Sustainability – Presented by Southern Company – How the Martian biofuel could carry MORE humansMeanwhile, it announced Tuesday that the city will lift its mandate for interior masks for most locations beginning Nov. 22. Masks will continue to be required in places like schools, public transportation, and DC government facilities with public-facing functions.

Since the pandemic began in March 2020, at least 72 members of the House and 11 senators overall have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a tally kept by The Hill.

Former Rep. Ron WrightRon Wright Early redistricting plans show the GOP backing down for a long haul Photos of the Week: Saber Olympic Semifinals, COVID-19 Vigil, and a Loris Trump Trying to Spin Failed Texas Endorsement: ‘This it was a victory ‘MORE (R-Texas) died in February after contracting the virus, while Representative-elect Luke Letlow (R-La.) Died in December 2020 before he could take office. His wife, Rep. Julia Letlow (R-La.), Then won a special election to fill the vacancy left by her death.

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