Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some major tea and it involves A Republican Senator and the coronavirus.
Senator Charles E. Grassley, a Republican from Iowa and a pro Tempore of the senate, revealed Tuesday that he has contracted the coronavirus.
“I’ve tested positive for coronavirus,” he tweeted. “I’ll be following my doctors’ orders/CDC guidelines & continue to quarantine. I’m feeling good + will keep up on my work for the ppl of Iowa from home. I appreciate everyone’s well wishes + prayers &look; fwd to resuming my normal schedule soon.”
Grassley who is 87 years old, announced earlier in the day that he would be quarantining after finding out he was exposed to someone who tested positive for the virus.
The senator was at the Capitol on Monday and spoke on the Senate floor, taking off his mask to do so.
Grassley’s illness follows news late last week that fellow octogenarian Representative Don Young (R-Alaska,) the dean of the House as the longest consecutive serving member, was diagnosed with the coronavirus.
Grassley opened the Senate after 3 p.m. Monday. He spent two minutes on the rostrum presiding over the chamber and then delivered brief remarks, calling on Americans to wear masks, socially distance and “step up their personal responsibilities.” “We’re going to get through this together,” he said, “but we need everyone to do their part.”
During these remarks or other times on the Senate floor was Grassley seen wearing a mask.
A fierce debate broke out on the Senate floor Monday on the subject of whether senators should be wearing masks while in the chamber. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) asked Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), who was then presiding over the Senate, to “please wear a mask” while in that role. Sullivan said, “I don’t wear a mask when I’m speaking, like most senators. I don’t need your instruction,”