Rep. Louis Homer, a Texas Republican, tested for coronavirus.
Homer often refused to wear a mask while in the Capitol during a pandemic. He spent enough time on the floor of the House of Parliament during the vote, addressing aides and lawmakers – without a mask and social distances. His office did not respond to several requests for comment.
Homer was to fly aboard the Air Force with President Trump to Midland, Texas, where he is raising money and touring on an oil rig. He tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday morning during a pre-flight screening at the White House, a person familiar with the situation told CNN.
Due to a positive test, Homert does not travel with the president.
A senior Republican aide told CNN that the test results caused problems on the Hill, and “many employees” were ordered to take tests before they could go to the meeting and resume operations. Some spend a semester in their offices until they can take the test. Homert’s office notified Republican leaders who notified the House’s medical staff and the protocol submitted for further notification, a GOP aide said. Politico announced this news for the first time.
Last month, Homer told CNN that he was not wearing a mask because he had been tested and had not yet had the virus. “But if I get it, you’ll never see me without a mask,” he said.
He is just one of several conservative Republicans who are reluctant to wear masks, sometimes causing tensions during committee meetings.
During Tuesday’s hearing with Attorney General Bill Barr, House Judicial Committee Chairman Derry Nadler called on several Republican members to wear their masks.
“I will remind Mr. Jordan, Mr. Biggs and Mr. Johnson to stop violating the rules of the committee, to stop violating the safety of committee members, to stop holding on to what they don’t care about by refusing to wear masks. “Nadler said, referring to rappers Jim Jordan of Ohio, Andy Biggs of Arizona and Mike Johnson of Louisiana.
“Is it permissible to take a sip of coffee?” Johnson objected.
Homer was also present at the hearing. He was once seen without a mask outside a room near Barr. The Justice Department told CNN on Wednesday that Barra would be tested.
In another hearing on Wednesday, Zoe Lofgren’s reputation intervened to remind members present physically that they should wear a mask.
“He was a member who didn’t want to wear a mask all the time,” Lofgren said of Homer. “It’s a reminder that it’s very serious, and if you don’t want to wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth, please leave the room and we’ll arrange for you to participate remotely.”