More than 100 members of Congress are sleeping in their taxpayer-funded Congressional offices and creating an unsafe environment to spread COVID-19, says California Rep. Jackie Speier.
“We shouldn’t have members sleeping in their offices and there’s over a hundred of them that sleep in their offices,” she told TMZ. “There are some Democrats, mostly Republicans,” added Speier, a Democrat.
“You can have a roommate, there’s lot of things you can do. You can be in a boarding house like Abraham Lincoln,” Speier said. “You know what the salary is when you run for the office. These offices are not meant to be sleeping quarters.”
Among the more notable offenders in recent years was former Staten Island Congressman Dan Donovan, who cried poverty as his excuse when interviewed about it by The Post in 2018.
Rep. Speier, speaking through a mask, said she was particularly incensed by her Texas colleague Rep. Louie Gohmert, who she said had deliberately put people at risk even after he knew he had tested positive for COVID-19.
“It’s outrageous. It really is outrageous. Here you have a member not wearing a mask … [he] finds out he is COVID positive. He comes back. He goes to the men’s gym after he knows he’s positive and he is sleeping in his office. … where is he going to quarantine. He lives in his office?”