Grassley Tests Positive For COVID-19 Hours After Learning Of Exposure

UNITED STATES - JULY 2: Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, arrives for the Senate Judiciary Committee markup of the “Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies (EARN IT) Act of 2020,” and judicial nominations in Russell Building on Thursday, July 2, 2020.(Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JULY 2: Sen. Chuck Grassley (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)
November 17, 2020 10:43 a.m.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), 87, on Tuesday afternoon announced that he tested positive for COVID-19, hours after he learned that he had been “exposed to the coronavirus” and “immediately” quarantined as he awaited his test results.

In his statement issued Tuesday morning confirming that he had learned of being exposed to COVID-19, which prompted him to “immediately” quarantine as a precaution as he awaited his test results, Grassley said he was “feeling well and not currently experiencing any symptoms.”

“But it’s important we all follow public health guidelines to keep each other healthy,” Grassley said on Tuesday morning.

Grassley’s office said that the Republican senator, who is the second oldest member in the chamber, will continue work virtually at his home in Iowa.

Grassley, who is the Senate pro tempore, has not missed a vote since 1993.

Grassley’s decision to quarantine comes as three Senate Republicans have come out against Trump’s controversial Federal Reserve Board of Governors nominee, Judy Shelton. Shelton’s final vote to join the Fed is expected Tuesday.

Last week, Rep. Don Young (R-AK), a 24-term congressman who recently won re-election and is the oldest member of Congress at 87, announced that he tested positive for COVID-19 amid a growing outbreak among Trump’s orbit.

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