What we’re hearing: Aides told us they’re perplexed by the slowness of the institution to react and adapt to the dangers of the virus.
“Alarm bells seem to be going off everywhere except Capitol Hill,” one Senate Republican chief of staff told Axios. “What needs to be done isn’t rocket science.”
“The Hill may be the worst place in D.C. right now. At least in the airport half the people aren’t shaking hands and talking to each other,” one senior House Republican aide told Axios. “Give it a week and everyone will be walking around in hazmat suits.”
“If all the health warnings are warranted, then a lot of members of Congress may come down with this thing because those guys cannot just stop pressing the flesh,” observed veteran lobbyist Bruce Mehlman.