Senator Ron Johnson, a Republican from Wisconsin, speaks throughout a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee listening to in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020.
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Ron Johnson of Wisconsin is the third Republican senator to check constructive for Covid-19 after President Donald Trump introduced early Friday that he and the primary woman had a positive diagnosis.
Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Thom Tillis, R-N.C., who attended the Amy Coney Barrett Supreme Court nomination announcement on the White House final Saturday, have additionally examined constructive for the virus. Both are members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is the panel that can maintain hearings on her nomination.
Another Republican senator who was on the Rose Garden occasion, Josh Hawley of Missouri, was examined on Saturday. Hawley confirmed on Twitter that his outcomes returned damaging. He can also be a member of the Judiciary Committee.
It is unclear the place Johnson contracted the virus, however he was uncovered earlier this week to somebody who has since examined constructive for the virus, in keeping with his workplace.
Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., asks a query through the Senate Judiciary Committee listening to titled “Police Use of Force and Community Relations”, in Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., June 16, 2020.
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The senators’ diagnoses might doubtlessly have an effect on the Senate’s plan to push Barrett’s affirmation via earlier than the Nov. three presidential election. The GOP has a 53-47 edge within the chamber, and two Republicans, Sens. Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, have mentioned they oppose voting on the nomination earlier than Election Day.
Democrats are calling to delay Barrett’s affirmation listening to, although Republicans have vowed to press ahead with the vote. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., chair of the Judiciary Committee, mentioned on Friday that the listening to will happen on Oct. 12 as deliberate.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on Saturday mentioned the Senate won’t return in full till after Oct. 19 on account of well being considerations, however affirmation hearings for Barrett will stay as scheduled.
“Since May, the Judiciary Committee has operated flawlessly via a hybrid technique that has seen some Senators seem bodily at its hearings whereas different members have participated nearly,” McConnell mentioned in a press release. “The Committee has utilized this format efficiently for a lot of months whereas defending the well being and security of all concerned.”
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has criticized Republicans for shifting ahead with the listening to.
“The resolution to recess the Senate for 2 weeks after at the very least three Republican Senators have examined constructive for COVID-19 makes clear that the Senate can’t proceed with enterprise as typical because the virus continues to run rampant,” Schumer mentioned in a press release on Saturday. “If It’s too harmful to have the Senate in session it is usually too harmful for committee hearings to proceed.”
U.S. Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) asks inquiries to James Comey, Former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation earlier than the Senate Judiciary Committee throughout an oversight listening to to look at the Crossfire Hurricane Investigation in Washington DC., U.S., September 30, 2020.
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The variety of individuals in Trump’s orbit who’ve examined constructive for Covid-19 is rising.
Several individuals who had been on the president’s Supreme Court announcement within the Rose Garden final week have tested positive. Bill Stepien, Trump’s marketing campaign supervisor, and former high aide Kellyanne Conway examined constructive on Friday.
Trump was transported to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Friday “as a precautionary measure” following his coronavirus analysis and is anticipated to stay there for a number of days.
The president has taken his first dose of Remdesivir, an experimental antiviral remedy.