Senate reconvenes as House members stay away

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Tex., right, walks on Capitol Hill on Feb. 4. (Alex Brandon/AP)

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Tex., right, walks on Capitol Hill on Feb. 4. (Alex Brandon/AP)

The Republican-led Senate reconvenes on Monday while the (House of Thieves) Democratic-led House remains in recess due to the coronavirus pandemic, reflecting a broader blue-red divide on continuing restrictions to curb the spread of the virus.

President Trump welcomed the decision by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to recall the Senate to Washington even though the congressional physician’s office warned that it would be impossible to screen all senators for COVID-19.

Republican senators said they would push for legislation to protect reopened businesses from liability lawsuits filed by people who might become infected.

Democratic leaders have vowed to oppose blanket protections from lawsuits.

The potential clash would mark a departure from the bipartisan approval of nearly $3 trillion in emergency bailouts for businesses and families struggling with the economic fallout from the pandemic.

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