Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., speaks during a campaign rally for Republican candidates for U.S. Senate Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Sen. David Perdue earlier this month in Cumming, Ga. Brynn Anderson/ AP Photo
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Scott’s announcement came three days after Grassley, the longest-serving Republican senator and third in the line of presidential succession, also said he has tested positive. Grassley, 87, was in the Senate on Monday but is now quarantining in his Virginia home.
The increasing number of cases among members of Congress has raised questions about the safety of the Capitol complex as cases have spiked in most every state and lawmakers are flying back and forth weekly. House members could be regularly tested in the Capitol starting this week, but there is still no testing protocol for senators.
The senators' absences this week also threatened the progress of legislation and other work as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is trying to wrap up business in the remaining weeks of President Donald Trump's term. The absence of the two senators on Tuesday helped Democrats block the nomination of Judy Shelton, Trump's controversial pick for the Federal Reserve.
US Coronavirus Cases Rise in Nearly Half of States.23 states have reported spikes in new cases compared to the previous week, according to Johns Hopkins University.Among the states experiencing record-breaking single-day increases are California and Florida.Officials say that more young people are testing positive in the South, with those under 30 making up the majority of new cases.Some have suggested that the increase is a result of more testing, but health officials say that’s only partly to
Besides Sens. Scott and Grassley, at least six members of the House have announced that they tested positive for the virus in the last week: Republican Reps. Don Young of Alaska, Dan Newhouse of Washington, Doug Lamborn of Colorado and Tim Walberg of Michigan and Democratic Reps. Ed Perlmutter of Colorado and Cheri Bustos of Illinois.
Young, 87, is the longest-serving member of the House. In a statement Monday, he said he had been discharged from the hospital but “I had not felt this sick in a very long time.”
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Besides the current members, a Republican congresswoman-elect who flipped an Iowa seat in this month’s election also said she tested positive. Ashley Hinson, 37, said she would participate in this week’s House orientation virtually as she quarantined with her family in Iowa.