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Grassley isolating after Covid exposure

November 17, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) speaks before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. A professor at Palo Alto University and a research psychologist at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Ford has accused Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her during a party in 1982 when they were high school students in suburban Maryland. (Photo By Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images

Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa was exposed to Covid-19 and will immediately quarantine, according to a statement from his office Tuesday morning.

Washinton (CNN)Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa was exposed to Covid-19 and will immediately quarantine, according to a statement from his office Tuesday morning.

If Grassley misses Tuesday's votes because he's isolating, he will miss his first vote since 1993 when he missed due to floods in his state, according to his office.

"I learned today that I've been exposed to the coronavirus," he said in a statement from his office.

Grassley is the second GOP senator in under a week to announce that he's isolating after a possible Covid exposure.

Republican Sen. Rick Scott of Florida said Saturday that he was isolating as well after coming into "contact with someone who subsequently tested positive for COVID. "

At least two members of the US House of Representatives announced Monday they tested positive for Covid-19 and another member announced he was isolating after possibly being exposed, a sign of the looming threat of coronavirus on Capitol Hill.

Grassley's announcement also comes a day after a dispute on the Senate floor when Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown was recognized by Alaskan GOP Sen. Dan Sullivan and asked Sullivan to put on a face mask.

"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 said, referring to Sullivan.

"I don't wear a mask when I'm speaking, like most senators," Sullivan responded.

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. "

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