Sen. Bill Cassidy examined positive for Covid-19 after publicity to an individual with coronavirus, he stated Thursday.

The Louisiana Republican will quarantine for two weeks and notify anybody with whom he got here involved, he stated in a press release. Cassidy, a health care provider, is the second U.S. senator to check positive for Covid-19 after Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. 

“I am strictly following the direction of our medical experts and strongly encourage others to do the same,” he stated. Cassidy didn’t element the severity of his signs.

As the pandemic spreads across the nation, it has made its mark on Congress. Along with the 2 senators, not less than 9 U.S. representatives have examined positive for Covid-19. 

As Washington sits at a stalemate on passing a fifth coronavirus reduction bundle, Cassidy has been one of many loudest advocates for assist amongst Senate Republicans. He spoke about creating laws in a distant CNBC interview on Thursday morning.

It is unclear whether or not he had already obtained his positive check consequence on the time. 

“We need to get something passed,” he stated of coronavirus assist, including that Republicans want to extend the proposed tag for their invoice. 

Cassidy has damaged along with his get together in calling for not less than $500 billion extra in assist for state and native governments. Relief for states and municipalities has divided the GOP and Democrats in the course of the negotiations. 

The Trump administration has provided $150 billion in assist, whereas Democrats have pushed for greater than $900 billion. 

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