Vice President Kamala Harris is requiring senators, their family members and guest wishing to take a photo with her at her swearing-in ceremony for the new Congress on Tuesday to take Covid tests within 24 hours of the picture.
A message from the U.S. Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Protocol Office was sent to all Senate offices that Harris would require coronavirus tests before photos.
In an email obtained by Breitbart News, the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Protocol Office said, “The Vice President’s office has requested that we send their standard COVID-19 protocol information to offices participating in the reenactment opportunity in the Old Senate Chamber. Please see their suggested process below.”
“We look forward to welcoming all Senators and their families for the reenactment opportunity on January 3,” the office added.
The email also forwarded a message from the Director of Legislative Affairs in the Office of the Vice President, Grisella Martinez, which relayed the testing requirements.
“We look forward to welcoming your Senator on January 3, 2023, to the ceremonial reenactment for incoming and newly re-elected Senators in the Old Senate Chamber,” Martinez wrote.
“As you are aware, White House COVID-19 protocols require that anyone over two years of age who will interact with the Vice President take a medically-administered antigen test within 24 hours prior to interaction, and receive a negative result. This policy applies regardless of vaccination status,” Martinez added.
Martinez noted that both incoming and returning Senators, their spouses, “and other guests who will participate in the ceremonial swearing-in reenactment in the Old Senate Chamber” may take the Covid tests on the morning of January 3, 2023 or “submit the negative results of a medically administered test emailed to” a White House specified email address before 9 am on January 3, adding the test must be taken “within 24 hours before 1 pm on January 3, 2023.”
After senators are sworn in officially at the beginning of a new Congress, there is a separate ceremonial reenactment where senators take photographs with the Vice President, whose Constitutional duties include presiding over the upper chamber of Congress.
Typically, senators’ families and other guests attend the ceremonies—including their spouses, children, and grandchildren.
According to Brietbart, several U.S. Senate sources said they were uneasy with the covid tests.
“This many years into the pandemic, especially as the Biden administration is in court currently trying to argue the pandemic is over, and it should be allowed to lift Title 42 authority at the border, this is beyond ridiculous,” one source said.
“Senators’ children and grandchildren should not be subjected to this insanity so Kamala can pretend to care about fighting coronavirus. At what point does the madness end?” they asked.
According to sources, some senators plan to snub the vice president on the first day of the new Congress because of the requirements.