The Daily Beast: McConnell Was Warned D.C. Hadn’t Hit COVID Benchmarks Prior to Reconvening Senate

The Daily Beast: McConnell Was Warned D.C. Hadn’t Hit COVID Benchmarks Prior to Reconvening Senate. “At least one official with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) office was on a call last week with the Capitol’s attending physician during which that physician, Dr. Brian Monahan, said Washington, D.C. had not yet cleared coronavirus-related benchmarks needed to safely reopen. According to two sources familiar with the call, McConnell’s chief of staff, Sharon Soderstrom, stressed to individuals on the call that they should take seriously the likelihood that the Majority Leader would reconvene the Senate on May 4 even amid the pandemic. A third source who was informed of the call’s exchanges confirmed that account. Despite Monahan’s warnings, McConnell did just that, telling lawmakers this week that they would be called back next Monday.”

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