Yet another member of Congress has taken it upon themselves to personally help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has been advised to self-quarantine by his physician and announced on Thursday that he is indeed taking preventative measures after possible exposure to the virus.
Statement from the Office of Senator Lindsey Graham pic.twitter.com/XyyZ9dnpTe
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) March 12, 2020
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To be clear, Sen. Graham has not tested positive for COVID-19, and his decision to self-quarantine is a strictly preventative measure taken out of an abundance of caution.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro brought a delegation of government officials to meet with President Trump and several GOP politicians — including Graham — at Mar-a-Lago in Florida last weekend. After the delegation departed, Bolsonaro’s press secretary tested positive for coronavirus.
Graham said he “has no recollection of direct contact” with the infected government official, but is taking the tack that it’s better safe than sorry.
The senator from South Carolina, however, is not the only politician to have self-quarantined recently.
Breitbart previously reported that Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rick Scott (R-FL) have also self-quarantined following potential coronavirus exposure.
Additionally, Democrat Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) had a staffer test positive this week, and the lawmaker immediately closed her Seattle and D.C. offices and told her staff to telecommute until further notice.
Staying in session
With so much going on right now, Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has already mandated that the Senate will not break for its previously scheduled recess but will remain in D.C. to ensure that any emergency legislation that is needed will be able to go through the upper chamber.
The House is also expected to remain session, at least temporarily.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) stated, “I think we should stay in session. We can monitor that day-by-day. We meet every day; we have experts analyzing each day.”
Congress has already passed an $8.3 billion bill for coronavirus funding and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced late Friday that agreement had been reached with the White House on a package of additional relief measures.