Sen. Joe Manchin, DW.Va., said Monday he tested positive for Covid, which could complicate the Senate’s push to finalize a number of priorities in the two weeks before the August recess.
Manchin, 74, who is fully vaccinated and boosted tweeted Monday morning that he had “mild symptoms” of the virus.
“I will isolate and follow CDC guidelines while I continue to work remotely to serve West Virginians,” he said. His office declined further comment.
Also on Monday afternoon, Senator Lisa Murkowski of R-Alaska said she had tested positive for the virus, becoming the fourth senator to report an infection in recent days.
Murkowski tweeted that she had “flu-like symptoms” and “would be quarantined at home in Alaska while she continues my work remotely.”
That Diagnoses come just two weeks before the Senate goes on hiatus before returning in September.
Democrats have prepared to take several actions to advance President Joe Biden’s legislative agenda.
Senate Democrats hope to pass a bill aimed at reducing prescription drug costs and extending Affordable Care Act subsidies to stave off sharp hikes in insurance premiums this fall — two provisions Manchin has proposed to support.
A bill passed by the House of Representatives to codify federal protections for same-sex marriages is also currently under consideration in the Senate, where Republicans are debating whether or not to block it.
The moderate Manchin has opposed Democrats’ priorities on climate and taxes. His diagnosis comes days after Sens. Tina Smith, D-Minn., and Tom Carper, D-Del., said they had also tested positive for the virus.
The White House also announced last week that Biden was experiencing “mild symptoms” after testing positive for Covid on Thursday.
Frank Thorp v and Sahil Kapur contributed.
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/sen-joe-manchin-test-positive-covid-rcna39824 Senator Joe Manchin tests positive for Covid