Grassley tests positive for coronavirus after missing first roll call in 27 years

Grassley tests positive for coronavirus after missing first roll call in 27 years

Senate President Pro Tempore Charles E. Grassley said Tuesday evening that he has tested positive for COVID-19, after missing his first roll call vote in more than 27 years earlier in the day.

“I’ve tested positive for coronavirus. I’ll b 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,” the Iowa Republican tweeted.

The Finance Committee chairman also issued a more formal statement, to the same effect.

“While I still feel fine, the test came back positive for the coronavirus,” Grassley said. “I am continuing to follow my doctors’ orders and CDC guidelines. I’ll be keeping up on my work for the people of Iowa from home. I appreciate everyone’s well wishes and prayers, and look forward to resuming my normal schedule when I can. In the meantime, my offices across Iowa and in Washington remain open and ready to serve Iowans.”

Grassley said in a statement earlier Tuesday that he was in self-quarantine after exposure to COVID-19. His voting streak ended at 8,927 consecutive votes, according to his office.

Rep. Don Young, the Alaska lawmaker who is the longest serving Republican in the House, also recently tested positive for COVID-19.

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Source: Roll Call