Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser said that while the nation's capital is not ready to open businesses yet, she supports members of Congress returning to DC because they are essential workers.
“We know essential workers and hospitals and grocery stores, our sanitation workers are all reporting to work because they have essential jobs to do. And the work of the Congress is essential, especially now,” Bowser told CNN’s John Berman. “When workers need relief, when small business need relief, and when state and local governments need relief. So the Congress has to get to work.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that the Senate would reconvene on May 4. Nearly a third of senators are age 70 or older.
In March, when House members were required to return to Washington in person for the historic stimulus bill vote, many expressed concerns over traveling.
Bowser said she assumes some congressional employees will be able to telework from home.