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Rep. Louie Gohmert R-Texas questions Attorney General William Barr during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on the oversight of the Department of Justice on Capitol Hill on Tuesday in Washington

"Do you take it off to make them feel better?"

"This is a moment where we ought to discuss it again", Hoyer told reporters on a conference call, suggesting that he would discuss the matter with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and GOP leaders.

McConnell told PBS NewsHour that "just about every one of my members is wearing a mask" and he didn't see a need for new mask mandates in the Senate because "we're getting compliance in the old-fashioned way, everybody's doing it".

Members will be allowed to remove their masks when addressing the chamber, Pelosi said on the House floor.

If you thought that testing positive for the virus might change his outlook on it or the importance of masks, you would be wrong.

By mid-afternoon, lawmakers, support staff and journalists were racing to isolate themselves after possible exposure, as health officials were left to try to retrace Gohmert's steps.

Blunt said he believes that lawmakers should be tested every time they travel and that staff and others should be tested occasionally.

He participated in a lengthy hearing with Attorney General Barr on Tuesday. A third lawmaker, Republican Rep. Mike Johnson of Louisiana, said he was advised to quarantine after having dinner with Gohmert on Monday.

"In the meantime, my work schedule and the lives of my employees are disrupted", said Grijalva, 72.

"I want to wish @replouiegohmert a full & speedy recovery", Mr Nadler wrote.

"Before you go anywhere with the president or have a meeting with the president we are always tested, and they have a real quick test and the quick test was positive", Gohmert said in an interview with local North Texas television affiliate, KETK.

"It's the members of Congress and support staff and that's very many people", Pelosi told CNN's Anderson Cooper. As they arrived at Tuesday's hearing, Gohmert and Barr were walking near each other at one point, according to the Hill.

Democrats, in particular, were furious at the news.

Louie Gohmert, a Republican congressman who steadfastly refused to wear a mask as the coronavirus pandemic took hold, tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday.

"I'm concerned about the irresponsible behaviour of numerous Republicans who have chosen to consistently flout well-established public health guidance", said Rep Hakeem Jeffries, a member of the Judiciary Committee. The member, Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert, often shunned wearing masks and was known to vote without one. Republicans bitterly opposed the change and have sued in federal court to have it declared unconstitutional. After testing positive for coronavirus, Gohmert had to withdraw.

Returning to the U.S. Capitol building on Wednesday in spite of the diagnosis he had just received, Gohmert was interviewed by a Texas news station about what had just happened.

"We had tests, and nobody in here has the coronavirus unless it's somebody in the media", Gohmert said at the time. "And he is still, you know, questioning whether or not a mask is or should be the right thing to do despite so much evidence to the contrary".

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