Senator Rand Paul just tested positive for Covid-19. He voted against crisis money just a few days ago.
Rand Paul of Kentucky has just become the first known United States senator to test positive for the novel coronavirus.
His office released a statement via his official account:
"Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for COVID-19. He is feeling fine and is in quarantine. He is asymptomatic and was tested out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events. He was not aware of any direct contact with any infected person.
He expects to be back in the Senate after his quarantine period ends and will continue to work for the people of Kentucky at this difficult time. Ten days ago, our D.C. office began operating remotely, hence virtually no staff has had contact with Senator Rand Paul."
Ironically, it was Senator Paul who made passing coronavirus legislation difficult in the Senate just a few days ago. Republicans and Democrats were quickly moving along with a bill that included provisions for free coronavirus testing, secure paid emergency leave, enhanced unemployment insurance, strengthened food security initiatives and increased federal Medicaid funding to states - but at the last minute they had to stop all that because of an amendment Paul brought forward. Paul was adamant that people provide a social security number for purposes of the child tax credit, as well as language involving the military.
At the time, Senator Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called out Paul for the "colossal waste of time."
The House bill "must pass the Senate today but unfortunately, first we must dispose of a Republican amendment that would make a condition of the bill to require the president to terminate military operations in Afghanistan. Yes you heard me right!" Schumer said on the Senate floor. "In a time of national emergency this Republican amendment is ridiculous, a colossal waste of time. We probably could have voted on this bill a day or two ago if not for the need to schedule this amendment."
The GOP eventually dismissed Paul's amendment with a vote of 95-3. It was that unpopular.