Tillis cleared to appear in person at ACB hearings, joins Lee after COVID-19 bout

Tillis cleared to appear in person at ACB hearings, joins Lee after COVID-19 bout


Sen. Thom Tillis appeared in person Tuesday at the second day of confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett after being cleared by his doctor to do so following his coronavirus diagnosis.

Tillis (R-NC) donned a face mask at the hearing when not speaking as other senators did the same. Lawmakers also practiced social distancing by sitting six feet apart.

The Judiciary Committee Republican took part in Monday’s hearing virtually due to his diagnosis. He and fellow committee member Mike Lee (R-Utah) caught the virus earlier this month at Barrett’s announcement ceremony at the White House.

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Lee has participated in both days’ hearings in person, though he has worn a face mask.

Tillis released a letter from his personal physician, Dr. Jack Faircloth, in which he discussed approving the senator to physically take part in the hearings.

“The CDC guidelines for ending isolation [for] those that know they are positive for the new coronavirus are simple,” Faircloth

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