Ron Johnson is the third Republican senator to check optimistic for coronavirus in two days


Senator Ron Johnson, a Republican from Wisconsin, speaks throughout a Senate Homeland Safety and Governmental Affairs Committee listening to in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020.

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Ron Johnson of Wisconsin is the third Republican senator to check optimistic for Covid-19 after President Donald Trump introduced early Friday that he and the primary girl had a positive diagnosis. 

Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Thom Tillis, R-N.C., who attended the Amy Coney Barrett Supreme Court docket nomination announcement on the White Home final Saturday, have additionally examined optimistic for the virus. Each are members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is the panel that can maintain hearings on her nomination.

It’s unclear the place Johnson contracted the virus, however he was uncovered earlier this week to somebody who has since examined optimistic for the virus, in response to his workplace. 

Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., asks a query in the course of the Senate Judiciary Committee listening to titled “Police Use of Drive and Neighborhood Relations”, in Dirksen Senate Workplace Constructing in Washington, D.C., June 16, 2020.

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The senators’ diagnoses might doubtlessly have an effect on the Senate’s plan to push Barrett’s affirmation by means of earlier than the Nov. 3 presidential election. The GOP has a 53-47 edge within the chamber, and two Republicans, Sens. Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, have mentioned they oppose voting on the nomination earlier than Election Day.

Democrats are calling to delay Barrett’s affirmation listening to, although Republicans have vowed to press ahead with the vote. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., chair of the Judiciary Committee, mentioned on Friday that the listening to will happen on Oct. 12 as deliberate. 

“It’s irresponsible and harmful to maneuver ahead with a listening to, and there’s completely no good cause to take action,” Senate Minority Chief Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., wrote in a tweet on Friday following the prognosis of Lee and Tillis. 

U.S. Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) asks inquiries to James Comey, Former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation earlier than the Senate Judiciary Committee throughout an oversight listening to to look at the Crossfire Hurricane Investigation in Washington DC., U.S., September 30, 2020.

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The variety of individuals in Trump’s orbit who’ve examined optimistic for Covid-19 is rising.

A number of individuals who have been on the president’s Supreme Court docket announcement within the Rose Backyard final week have tested positive. Invoice Stepien, Trump’s marketing campaign supervisor, and former prime aide Kellyanne Conway examined optimistic on Friday.

Trump was transported to the Walter Reed Nationwide Navy Medical Heart on Friday “as a precautionary measure” following his coronavirus prognosis and is anticipated to stay there for a number of days.

The president has taken his first dose of Remdesivir, an experimental antiviral remedy.