Rep. Max Rose has become the first member of Congress to announce he will deploy with the National Guard to help with coronavirus response efforts, The New York Times reported.
Rose, an Army National Guard captain and combat veteran who earned a Purple Heart and Bronze Star in Afghanistan, represents Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn. He said he is set to deploy with the National Guard on Wednesday and help set up field hospitals in Staten Island and other areas of New York.
New York's National Guard already has activated more than 2,000 troops to assist in such duties.
“I do see this as an opportunity to serve New York City and my community, and to serve on the ground from an operational perspective,” Rose said. “This is about working day-to-day to make sure we can withstand and weather this surge,” adding “There is a fierce sense of urgency around this crisis. It is a fight that will define this generation.”
The Democratic lawmaker is serving his first term in Congress after defeating a Republican incumbent two years ago in a district President Donald Trump won by almost 10 points.
Rose’s office said he expects his deployment to last for a number of weeks through the worst of the pandemic in New York, the New York Post reported.
Congressmen are currently working from home and are not expected to go back to Washington before April 20, according to the Times. Rose said that during his National Guard duty he can return to the House and vote on legislation if needed.
He also said his staff would continue to help his constituents.
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