A Senate leadership official familiar with planning found that no coronavirus cases have been linked to the GOP lunches or soil activity. The Senate will continue to vote in person and take precautionary measures, e.g. B. keep the doors to the Chamber open, keep the votes open for a longer period of time and encourage members to speak after the vote.
In addition to Scott and Grassley, Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Thom Tillis (RN.C.) .) have all tested positive for the virus. Lee and Tillis tested positive after attending the White House Rose Garden Ceremony to nominate Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett.
Sens. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.) And Bob Casey (D-Pa.) Have tested positive for coronavirus antibodies.
The coronavirus infection absenteeism recently impacted the Senate agenda when the Chamber stopped pushing Federal Reserve candidate Judy Shelton, including because Scott and Grassley quarantined themselves after they had people with it Disease.
The Senate is expected to return on Monday after leaving for Thanksgiving break. McConnell is expected to continue to focus on confirming candidates for judicial and executive departments that will outlast the Trump administration.
Congress also faces an upcoming deadline to fund the government after December 11th.