A Texas Congressman who often appears around the Capitol without a mask has tested positive for coronavirus.
Republican Louie Gohmert has been regularly tested for travel protocol at the White House since it was next to President Donald Trump heading to Texas on Wednesday.
Mr Gohmert was seen in the photo of mingling with other officers on Tuesday while sitting on Capitol Hill while not wearing a mask or moving away socially.
The United States has now experienced 150,000 Covid-19 deaths and 4.3 million infections.
“Many Republicans continued to act extraordinarily irresponsibly, including Louie Gohmert,” Democratic Majority House Leader Steny Hoyer told reporters on Wednesday.
He added that Democrats, who control the House of Representatives, are debating whether testing is needed for lawmakers entering the Capitol complex.
Six members of that chamber and one senator have so far tested positive for coronavirus.
After his positive test, Mr Gohmert, an eighth legislator, returned to his office to inform his employees personally of the positive result. He wore a mask during the meeting, according to American media.
He also gave an interview in which he asked if his mask was to blame for infecting him.
“I can’t ask if we keep a mask on it and hold it in place, I may have put some germs – some virus – on the mask and removed it,” he told the Texas KETK station.
Despite mixed messages early in the pandemic, public health experts now agree that wearing a coating for the face greatly reduces the spread of Covid-19, and is vital to controlling the spread of infection.
On Tuesday, Mr Gohmert often took off his mask during a nearly five-hour hearing with Attorney General William Barr.
A photo on Twitter shows the two men in the vicinity, neither wearing masks. According to the Justice Department, Mr. Barr will be tested for Covid-19 as a result of the interaction.
Democratic congressman Jerrold Nadler, who led the hearing in the House Judiciary Committee, tweeted good wishes to Mr. Gohmert.
“I want @replouiegohmert to want a full and rapid recovery,” Mr Nadler wrote. “When individuals refuse to take the necessary precautions it puts everyone at risk. I’ve regularly instructed all Members to wear their masks and I hope this will be a lesson from all my colleagues.”
At Tuesday’s hearing, Mr Nadler named three Republicans by the name – Jim Jordan, Andy Biggs and Mike Johnson – for “violating the safety of committee members … by refusing to wear their masks “.
It is unclear where Mr Gohmert is planning a quarantine because he is among several Congressmen who sleep in their offices while in Washington, according to Roll Call.