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Three Texas state Democrats who fled to Washington test positive for COVID

PoliticsJul 17, 2021 06:40PM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris meets with Democratic members of the Texas state legislature who fled the state in an effort to slow changes to election laws and voter access, in Washington, U.S., July 13, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Three members of a delegation of Democratic Texas state lawmakers who fled to Washington D.C. to block passage of a restrictive new Republican-sponsored voting law tested positive for COVID-19, the Texas State House Democratic Caucus said on Saturday.

The three Texas House Democratic lawmakers had been vaccinated against the coronavirus, but tested positive over the last 24 hours, according to a caucus statement.

Vice President Kamala Harris had met on Tuesday with two of the lawmakers who have since tested positive.

Based on the timeline of the test results, "it was determined the vice president and her staff present at the meeting were not at risk of exposure because they were not in close contact with those who tested positive and therefore do not need to be tested or quarantined," Harris' spokesperson Symone Sanders said in a statement.

"The vice president and her staff are fully vaccinated," Sanders added.

Texas state Representative Ron Reynolds, one of the Democrats who traveled to Washington, told MSNBC the test results were cause for caution.

"We are taking these positive confirmations very seriously," Reynolds said. "We're following all CDC guidelines and ... we are going to make sure that we don't expose anyone."

COVID-19 cases in the United States have surged over the past week with new cases up 70% and deaths rising 26%.

Some members of the Texas delegation met over the past week in Washington not only with Harris but also with congressional Democratic leaders including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

Schumer's office, in a separate statement, said it was informed that none of the Texas lawmakers who tested positive for COVID-19 had had contact with him or his staff.

Three Texas state Democrats who fled to Washington test positive for COVID
 

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William Smith
William Smith Jul 18, 2021 11:35PM ET
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The new voting laws in Texas are not prohibitive in any manner. More lies and propaganda by the leftist press.
Adrian White
Adrian White Jul 18, 2021 11:35PM ET
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So reducing the number of hours you can vote, outside regular work hours is non-prohibitive? Reducing the possibility of using mail-in ballots, or making it harder for people to find and travel to drop-off locations is non-prohibitive? Read the details of the actual bills. It's not just about requiring ID (which many Democrats are for, by the way).
Phil Ht
Phil Ht Jul 18, 2021 10:18PM ET
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Nobody talks about the flood of illegals bringing in Covid and contrubuting to the increase or fact that many people coming down with it are vaccinated.
Adrian White
Adrian White Jul 18, 2021 10:18PM ET
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That's because those cases are a drop in the ocean compared to the number of cases among non- vaccinated people.
Forex Harbingers
Forex Harbingers Jul 18, 2021 12:37PM ET
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Man, these liberal leftists are so ignorant they can't even recognize a sardonic statement. smh
Tony Coll
Tony Coll Jul 18, 2021 8:09AM ET
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So... fled from their taxpayer funded elected job, spreading covid, fully vaccinated... This should be a scathing article about blatant irresponsibility and playing childish games, with a side note on the very obvious uselessness of the vaccines.
Catholic Man
CatholicMan Jul 18, 2021 2:07AM ET
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Sounds like an excuse to not work
Connecticut Yankee
A_Jaundiced_Eye Jul 17, 2021 9:13PM ET
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"The vice president and her staff are fully vaccinated," Yes, against COVID. Not against stupidity.
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Jul 17, 2021 7:57PM ET
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The main point of vaccines is to train ur body to produce correct antibodies to fight the virus. There is no guarantee you wont get infected.
Honey Badger
Honey Badger Jul 17, 2021 7:57PM ET
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Real COVID is better for training and its free not trillion Dollars
Felipe Daniel
Felipe Daniel Jul 17, 2021 5:51PM ET
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Fully Vaccinated Democrat officials get Covid proving the vaccine they are promoting is no better than water from Okechobee river.
Adrian White
Adrian White Jul 17, 2021 5:51PM ET
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It didn't prove that at all. No vaccine is 100% effective, but data has shown that if you're vaccinated, your chance of getting very sick, if you get infected, is greatly diminished. Almost all hospitalizations for Covid these days are people who are not vaccinated. That's a much more meaningful statistic.
Glenn Ebersole
Glenn Ebersole Jul 17, 2021 5:48PM ET
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Vaccinated?
Forex Harbingers
Forex Harbingers Jul 17, 2021 4:29PM ET
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Is it because they didnt wear masks on their plane trip to DC? Hypocrites
Benjamin McIntire
Benjamin McIntire Jul 17, 2021 4:29PM ET
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Whoa! The megamind on this guy! You got it.
Aleksandr Rogovoy
Aleksandr Rogovoy Jul 17, 2021 4:29PM ET
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no ,naw all of them with fake COVID test gonna be in legal quarantine. Big,. terrible layers .Shame on tham.
Aleksandr Rogovoy
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I believe democrat have enough COVID viruses for all of them ,so use it ,but not for American people, only for yourself
 
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