Brady — who was on the floor voting this week, including on Sunday — added that he will “Begin treatment tomorrow” and should “be fine.”
In a memo obtained by CNN, the Sergeant At Arms and House Physician issued official guidance on Tuesday to members that they should only physically go to the Joint Session on Wednesday if they are going to speak. If they want to speak, it says they should contact leadership, the memo reads, stating that, “Unless participating in the joint session, Members are encouraged to remain in their offices unless called to vote.”
Minority Leader Steny Hoyer said Monday that the chamber is working to maintain more safety protocols but acknowledged that keeping what could be 535 members in compliance will not be easy.
Contrary to the rules that governed the opening session in the House — which limited the number of members on the floor to 72, but was rendered moot when a majority of the House gathered en masse on the floor following a call for a recorded vote by Republican Texas Rep. Chip Roy — there won’t be a limit on the number of people in the chamber on Wednesday, according to a senior Democratic aide.
The House is set to deploy the same mitigation measures that have been in place — mandated mask wearing while on the floor, marking off seats to maintain social distancing, and opening the gallery for members to spread out. And, according to the rules governing the certification, members are not required to be in the chamber, and are highly encouraged to watch the proceedings from their offices.
However, the aide said, few members are expected to want to miss the debate of the certification process and leadership is expecting a very full chamber — which means hundreds of members are expected to gather together on the House floor amid a pandemic.
Voting, when it occurs, will happen in the same seven blocks that were used during Sunday’s roll call vote.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House will again allow proxy voting through February 18, which allows members to vote through another member.
CNN’s Kristin Wilson, Lauren Fox, Manu Raju, Christina Maxouris, Jason Hanna and Steve Almasy contributed to this report.