Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley has begun a self-imposed quarantine after learning he had been exposed to coronavirus, he announced Tuesday.
“I learned today that I’ve been exposed to the coronavirus. I will follow my doctors’ orders and immediately quarantine as I await my test results. I’m feeling well and not currently experiencing any symptoms, but it’s important we all follow public health guidelines to keep each other healthy,” Grassley (R-Iowa) said in a statement.
Grassley, 87, is the most senior Republican in the Senate, and thus serves as president pro tempore in the upper chamber of Congress.
Up until Tuesday, he had not missed a vote in 27 years, last missing one in 1993 due to flooding in his home state. He first joined the Senate in 1981.
On Monday, Grassley spoke from the Senate floor, where he urged Americans to come together to defeat the novel virus.
“This virus is hitting rural and urban areas. No