California Rep. Maxine Waters, a top Democrat and a thorn in the side of President Donald Trump, has announced some tragic news.
The 81-year-old announced on Thursday, during the debate over the new economic stimulus package, that her sister is dying from coronavirus.
“I’m going to take a moment to dedicate this legislation to my dear sister, who is dying in a hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, right now, infected by the coronavirus, she said.
The representative was wearing a face mask, like many others in the Capitol, but she removed the mask to make the tribute to her sister.
“Congress must now immediately turn to the next package of legislation to provide relief during the pandemic,” Rep. Waters said.
“We need to do much more to help renters, homeowners, people experiencing homelessness and mom and pop landlords,” she said.
As much as I disagree with the representative’s politics, and often her tactics, I send my condolences and prayers to her.
There are things in this world that are far greater than politics and the pain of losing a loved one transcends party lines.
Sadly Rep. Waters is not the first member of Congress to have a sibling die from the dreaded disease.
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s brother died from coronavirus this month, the senator announced, The Boston Globe reported.
Donald Reed Herring, the oldest brother of Senator Elizabeth Warren, died on Tuesday night in Norman, Okla., about three weeks after testing positive for the coronavirus.
Herring, a 20-year veteran of the US Air Force, was 86.
Warren, who has been a vocal critic of the Trump administration’s halting response to the pandemic for months, has not previously revealed that her family was waging its own personal battle against the virus. She confirmed his death in a statement provided to the Globe and said the cause was the coronavirus.
“My oldest brother, Don Reed, died from coronavirus on Tuesday evening. He joined the Air Force at 19 and spent his career in the military, including five and a half years off and on in combat in Vietnam. He was charming and funny, a natural leader,” she said in a series of tweets announcing his death.
“What made him extra special was his smile—quick and crooked, it always seemed to generate its own light, one that lit up everyone around him,” she said.
“I’m grateful to the nurses and other front-line staff who took care of my brother, but it is hard to know that there was no family to hold his hand or to say ‘I love you’ one more time. And now there’s no funeral for those of us who loved him to hold each other close,” the senator said. “I will miss my brother.”
It is important to note that this virus is very real and is killing real people at a rate that far outpaces the flu or other seasonal diseases.
Follow the Centers For Disease Control guidelines, continue social distancing and washing your hands to protect yourself and those you love.