GOP House Intel members won’t comply with COVID test requirement

FILE - Rep. Mike Turner,R-Ohio, speaks during a House Armed Services Committee hearing on Sept. 29, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Turner, the new top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee says President Joe Biden's administration needs to ramp up military and intelligence support for Ukraine. (Rod Lamkey/Pool via AP, File)

FILE – Rep. Mike Turner,R-Ohio, speaks during a House Armed Services Committee hearing on Sept. 29, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Rod Lamkey/Pool via AP, File)

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UPDATED 7:36 AM PT – Thursday, January 20, 2022

Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee stand up against Rep. Adam Schiff’s (D-Calif.) testing requirement. In a press conference Wednesday, the GOP members addressed an email from Schiff demanding lawmakers provide a negative COVID-19 test in order to attend Thursday’s hearing.

Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio) said everyday Americans don’t have the luxury or access to test daily and must show medical information to go about their daily lives. He said they will not comply while this is going on.

“Schiff believes that he should have a privilege that the average American worker does not,” stated the Ohio Republican. “Our members will not comply with Schiff’s request that we submit to COVID testing just to do our job.”

Turner went on to criticize the Biden administration’s failure to meet the demand for testing. The White House launched a website on Wednesday to help Americans obtain free at-home rapid COVID-19 tests, but many critics say it’s a little late.

The full website opened after a soft opening on Tuesday that resulted in some customers not being able to order their tests. Americans are able to go on the website — covidtests.gov — and fill in their information to get tests mailed to their homes without charge. Each household is limited to four tests regardless of family size.

This comes as Joe Biden recently announced his administration was planning to purchase 1 billion tests as part of the program.

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