November 17, 2020 at 10:14 AM EST
Sen. Grassley says he’s quarantining after exposure to the coronavirus
By Felicia Sonmez and Mike DeBonis
Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), the oldest sitting U.S. senator, said Tuesday that he is quarantining after being exposed to the coronavirus.
“I learned today that I’ve been exposed to the coronavirus,” Grassley said in a statement. “I will follow my doctors’ orders and immediately quarantine as I await my test results. I’m feeling well and not currently experiencing any symptoms, but it’s important we all follow public health guidelines to keep each other healthy.”
Grassley’s office said the senator will continue working remotely from his home in Iowa. No details were provided on when or how Grassley was exposed to the virus.
The absence of the 87-year-old senator throws a scheduled Tuesday confirmation vote for controversial Federal Reserve nominee Judy Shelton into at least temporary limbo. It also means the likely end of Grassley’s 27-year streak of not missing a Senate floor vote.
Paul Kane contributed to this report.