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Nancy Pelosi leads lawmakers in moment of silence on the Capitol steps to mark 900,000 US COVID deaths

Lawmakers gathered on the Capitol steps Monday evening to pay tribute to the more than 900,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, sporting a face mask and holding a lantern, stood in the center of the group of several dozen lawmakers
The event included the singing of Shall We Gather at the River and God Bless America by the United States Army Chorus and a moment of silence 
One member of Congress and a member-elect have died from COVID-19, while 42 House members and 8 senators have tested positive since December

By Nikki Schwab, Senior U.S. Political Reporter For Dailymail.com
Published: 02:03 GMT, 8 February 2022 | Updated: 12:08 GMT, 8 February 2022

Lawmakers gathered on the Capitol steps Monday evening to pay tribute to the more than 900,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19. 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, sporting a face mask and holding a lantern, stood in the center of the bipartisan group of legislators for the event which included the singing of two songs by the United States Army Chorus and a moment of silence.
She was joined by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer for the program which began with the hymn Shall We Gather at the River and then a singing of God Bless America. 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi led several dozen members of Congress in a moment of silence to mark 900,000 Americans perishing from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic

An aide carries an umbrella over the head of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as she arrives to lead other lawmakers in a moment of silence Monday night 

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wore a mask and held a lantern as Congress marked the grim milestone Monday 

Members of the House of Representatives and senators participated in the event, which lasted just a few minutes 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi bows her head during Monday night’s moment of silence. The U.S. hit 900,000 COVID-19 deaths on Friday 

The United States Army Chorus prepared two songs for the occasion: the hymn Shall We Gather at the River and God Bless America 

The Capitol Dome is illuminated over the lawmakers who gathered on the Capitol steps Monday to pay their respects to Americans who’ve died during the coronavirus pandemic

The U.S. hit 900,000 deaths from COVID-19 on Friday, less than two months after passing the grim milestone of 800,000 coronavirus deaths – propelled by the highly contagious Omicron variant.  
Only one member of Congress has died of COVID – Republican Rep. Ron Wright – while Rep.-elect Luke Letlow passed away before being sworn-in. 
His widow, Rep. Julia Letlow, now represents that district. 

However Congress has seen a spike in cases, despite most lawmakers being vaccinated.  
Since the Omicron variant hit the U.S., dozens of lawmakers have tested positive for COVID-19, including Pelosi’s two top lieutenants, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Jim Clyburn. 
Clyburn tested positive in December – and was forced to miss his granddaughter’s wedding as he awaited the results of a PCR test to confirm his case.  
Hoyer tested positive on Tuesday and said he would working from home and taking advantage of proxy voting.

Overall since December, 42 House members and 8 senators tested positive for the virus.   
President Joe Biden sent out a statement Friday night marking the sorrowful milestone. 
‘After nearly two years, I know that the emotional, physical, and psychological weight of this pandemic has been incredibly difficult to bear,’ he said. 
He pleaded with Americans to get vaccinated and then get their booster shots. 

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‘Two hundred and fifty million Americans have stepped up to protect themselves, their families, and their communities by getting at least one shot – and we have saved more than one million American lives as a result,’ the president said.  

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