“I’ve tested positive for coronavirus,” Grassley wrote. “I’ll (be) following my doctors’ orders/CDC guidelines & continue to quarantine. I’m feeling good + will keep up on my work for the ppl of Iowa from home. I appreciate everyone’s well wishes + prayers &look fwd to resuming my normal schedule soon.”
It’s unclear which if any senators who interacted with Grassley on Monday would isolate themselves. Republican Sen. Roy Blunt, a member of GOP management, stated Grassley attended their Republican management assembly Monday. Asked if any who attended the assembly will quarantine, Blunt, who chairs the Senate Rules Committee, instructed reporters: “You’d have to ask them.”
He added, “I was like, 12 feet away from him at the meeting that’s why we’re in that big room.”
“We are all spread out,” GOP Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming instructed CNN of the management assembly. Republican Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, who attended Monday’s management assembly, stated they had been sporting masks.
On whether or not there are every other precautions being taken, as Grassley presided over the Senate ground on Monday and attended conferences, Blunt stated Tuesday: “He did. He did. And he’s been great about wearing his mask and I think great about taking care of himself, and so I think he’s done everything he can … does everything he could be expected to do to protect himself and the rest of us. People catch this.”
“Not that I know of,” Barrasso, who can be in GOP management, instructed CNN when requested in the event that they must take additional precautions now that Grassley examined positive.
Grassley was seen on the Capitol chatting with reporters Monday afternoon.
The menace of coronavirus has been a constant affect over leaders from each events and chambers of Congress because the pandemic started, and the way lawmakers react has been below elevated scrutiny amid the most recent wave of instances sweeping the nation.
At least two members of the US House of Representatives introduced Monday they examined positive for Covid-19 and one other member introduced he was isolating after probably being uncovered, an indication of the looming menace of coronavirus on Capitol Hill. Colorado Rep. Ed Perlmutter, a Democrat, introduced Tuesday that he had examined positive for the virus and was isolating.
“I learned today that I have tested positive for COVID-19. As of now, I am asymptomatic and I’m feeling good. I am currently in Washington D.C. and plan to isolate in my apartment while continuing to work and voting remotely,” he stated in an announcement.
Grassley’s announcement additionally comes a day after a dispute on the Senate ground when Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown was acknowledged by Alaskan GOP Sen. Dan Sullivan and requested Sullivan to placed on a face masks.
“I’d start by asking the presiding officer to please wear a mask as he speaks and people below him are — I can’t tell you what to do,” Brown stated, referring to Sullivan.
“I don’t wear a mask when I’m speaking, like most senators,” Sullivan responded.
Brown responded angrily: “I know you don’t need my instruction, but there clearly isn’t much interest in this body in public health. We have a president who hasn’t shown up at the coronavirus task force meeting in months. We have a majority leader that calls us back here to vote on an unqualified nominee, and at the same time to vote for judge after judge after judge, exposing all the people who can’t say anything, I understand, the people in front of you, and the presiding officer, and expose all the staff here, and the Majority Leader just doesn’t seem to care.”
This story has been up to date with further developments Wednesday.
CNN’s Manu Raju and Ali Zaslav contributed to this report.