Senator Ron Johnson tested positive for the coronavirus, marking the third Senate Republican to test positive for the deadly disease within 24 hours.
The development severely restricts the majority of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and reduces three votes from his 53-member caucus. The Senate is currently expected to return to Washington on Monday to vote on the nomination of judicial officers, and McConnell has yet to signal whether he will reconsider this move if the pandemic hits his caucus.
Although Johnson (R-Wis.) Had been quarantined for two weeks after exposure to someone who tested positive, after his quarantine ended, he was again exposed to the coronavirus and returned to Washington. He tested positive on Friday, his office announced on Saturday.