Senator Mitt Romney's office confirmed he sat next to Senator Rand Paul on multiple occasions in recent days, therefore, he has been recommended to self-quarantine by his doctor.
Senator Paul tested positive for the coronavirus, making him the first senator to be infected by the virus. Both Sen. Mike Lee and Mitt Romney have suggested the same protocols of following a 14-day self-isolation. During this time, both Utah senators will not be on the Senate floor. Sen. Lee wanted to make it known to Utahns that this will not stop him from communicating with key lawmakers and politicians during this time.
SEN. MIKE LEE'S ANNOUNCEMENT: "But I will continue to make sure Utah's voice is heard through phone, text, email and whatever other means are available."
Sen. Romney said he has no symptoms of the coronavirus at this time but will still need to be tested. His office added:
Sen. Romney urges members to pass a relief package as quickly as possible that provides assistance for families, workers, and small businesses.
Top-level negotiations between Congress and the White House teetered Sunday on a nearly $1.4 trillion economic rescue package, as the coronavirus crisis deepened and President Donald Trump called for a deal to steady a shuttered nation.
During a special report about the coronavirus task force from President Trump, a White House reporter informed the president about Romney's news. To which the President replied, "Romney's in isolation? Gee that's too bad."
Here is the full statement made by Senator Mitt Romney:
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