Sen. Ted Cruz questions AG nominee Merrick Garland. After Mexico trip, should he quarantine?
WASHINGTON – Sen. Ted Cruz was relaxed in a wooden dais in his seat Monday morning, eager to ask Merrick Garland what a divisive confirmatory hearing for Attorney General is supposed to be.
The Texas senator was new to Mexico, soon after he was widely blamed for fleeing his state in the midst of a crisis.
Taking off the Texas Flag Face Mask that he placed on the airport when he went back home Thursday — where millions were still without electricity and water after a harsh winter storm — Cruz peppered President Joe Biden's nomination to wonder if politics will rock the Department of Justice.
Questions about Cruz' trip persisted on social networks after photos showed him delivering bottled water over the weekend to Texans.
Some asked whether he was to quarantine after he left the country.
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The Disease Control and Prevention Centres, even though you measure negativity after a flight, advises that COVID-19 be monitored for three to five days from travel to the home for seven days.
It classifies Mexico as "very high" in COVID-19, meaning that travelers can avoid Mexico because of COVID-19 expansion threats.
Jessica Skaggs, Cruz's spokesperson, said the senator had tested negative on both Thursday before his flight back to Texas and Sunday, before he had flown to D.C.
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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is sitting in front of a hearing on Judge Merrick Garland's appointment for the US Senate Judiciary Committee.
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Although Cruz also needs to be quarantining under CDC guidance because his return is not seven days out, critical staff like lawmakers will continue their duties if they have no symptoms.
Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle tended to fly back and forth to their own countries and largely did not quarantine on their return to DC.
Members of Congress obtained COVID-19 vaccine late last year as government campaign progressed.
At the time, Cruz said he did not take the vaccine right away in the expectation of helping the aged and those in need first.
His first injection of vaccine has been obtained since, his spokeswoman added.
A second dose must be completely vaccinated.
More than 60 legislators have been testing positive COVID-19 since the pandemic began a year ago, crippling the world.
Rep. Ron Wright, R-Texas, and Luke Letlow, R-La, a member of the Congress, died during the disease deal.
Video: Senator Ted Cruz travelled to Mexico for holiday in the frozen weather crisis of Texas
Cruz, after returning from his fast trip to Mexico, said it was a mistake to go and he said to his two daughters, who weathered freezing cold, he was only trying to be a decent father.
"In hindsight, I wouldn't have done it," Cruz said Thursday night, adding that he had "intention to work remotely," but he was "more compelling" to return as the discussion arose about the trip.
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About 18,000 Texas consumers were still helpless Monday, down dramatically from the 4 million who were in the dark last week, because freezing temperatures left some people dead and forced many to huddle for warmth.
Problems with getting safe drinking water continued as pipes burned at freezing temperatures.
During the hearing of Monday, Cruz outlined the Swift and Wrathful controversy under President Barack Obama's General Prosecutor Eric Holder and the friendship between the General Prosecutor and the President, who then asked Garland if he was Biden's "wingman."
"I can assure you, I do not regard myself as anything other than a lawyer for people of the United States," Garland replied.
"I am not the president's lawyer. I am the United States' lawyer."
Originally reported on USA TODay: Sen. Ted Cruz doesn't quarantine from Mexico since his return.