Republican Rep. Dan Meuser (PA) announced in a statement this weekend that he has tested positive for coronavirus.
“As your member of Congress, I wanted to inform you that, very unfortunately, I tested positive for COVID-19,” Meuser revealed on Saturday.
The representative assured constituents that he is “following all CDC health and safety guidelines, and will be taking all necessary actions, including postponing upcoming public events and working from home in quarantine until I receive a negative test result.”
“I am thankful to God that my grown children were not at home and that my wife Shelley has tested negative,” Meuser went on to state.
Meuser opposes Democrat postal bill
The Republican also laid out how the diagnosis would affect his legislative duties, noting that he would not be present to cast his vote on H.R. 8015 on Saturday.
Title the “Delivering for America Act,” the legislation bans “the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) from making changes to operations or levels of service from those that were in effect on January 1, 2020, establishes requirements for the processing of election mail, and provides additional funding for the Postal Service Fund.
While Meuser stressed that he”will always support a strong, effective post office” and that those who work there “should be provided the resources they need,” the congressmen said that he would vote against it if he were able.
“In response to pandemic-related challenges, Congress provided the agency with a $10 billion loan through the CARES Act,” Meuser explained. “To date, the USPS has not yet seen the need to access this lending authority to fund its operations.”
“In spite of COVID-19 related setbacks affecting all private and public sector operations, the Postmaster General has assured the American public that the USPS is fully capable of delivering the nation’s election mail on time and that any changes in operations at the agency have been suspended until after the election,” he added.
Post Office bill not necessary
Meuser concluded by declaring, “Calls from Democrats to direct $25 billion to the USPS are not reflective of the data or the reality of the situation.”
The bill was passed on Saturday in a 257-150 House vote, but does not seem likely to advance in the Senate. “The facts show the USPS is equipped to handle this election, and if a real need arises, Congress will meet it,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stated after the vote.
The Pennsylvania representative is only the latest in a series of Washington lawmakers to report having come down with coronavirus. Fox News reported on July 29 that Meuser’s fellow Republican Louis Gohmert had also tested positive for the disease, with others having to be quarantined.