Chuck Grassley, a longtime Republican senator, announced Tuesday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus.
Grassley, 87, a senior senator from Iowa, said he was in custody after being infected with the virus and would actually work while waiting for test results. He did not say how he got out.
Later in the afternoon he was confirmed to be infected.
“I’m fine and not experiencing any symptoms right now, but it’s important that we all follow public health guidelines to keep each other healthy,” Grassley said in a statement.
The President of the Iowa Republican Senate is a pro temper, meaning he presides over the Senate in the absence of Mike Pence – the U.S. Vice President is also the Senate President – and is the third in a line of presidential succession, behind Pence and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and any president can do his job.
President Pro Temper is a senator in the long-serving majority party.
By losing votes this week, Grassley will break a 27-year streak without losing a Senate vote. According to his office, he last lost the vote, in 1993, when he was in Iowa helping with relief efforts after severe flooding.
Grassley was unable to vote Tuesday on the controversial nomination of Judy Shelton By Donald Trump to Federal Reserve Board Governors. Her authentication is currently blocked by some RepublicansDemocrats, including Grassley, did not attend and some voted “no”.
Grassley was first elected to the U.S. House in 1974 and then to the Senate in 1980. He is chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and will be the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee when the new Senate session begins in January.
Prior to the detention, Grassley spoke on the Senate floor without a mask.
The president was shaken when he joined the call last week Joe Biden Trump’s intelligence refuses to acknowledge Biden’s victory in the election, and as Trump’s election campaign outcome raises long – term legal challenges, the president is receiving daily intelligence briefings with his briefings.
Grassley CNN asked Whether Biden should have access to classified briefings. “I think – especially on classified briefings – the answer is yes,” Grassley said.