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Senate sets poor example of social distancing during vote

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Senate sets poor example of social distancing during vote

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WASHINGTON – As the Senate voted on an emergency economic relief package Wednesday night, Twitter users were quick to point out that the Senators were not following social distancing recommendations from health agencies.

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During the vote on the coronavirus stimulus package, senators were given 30 minutes to vote instead of the traditional 15 so they could practice social distancing.

However, as the votes were tallied, Senators could be seen standing close together, talking and chatting, before they adjourned until April 20, a date announced Wednesday by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describes social distancing as, “remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.”

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