• Senator Rand Paul announced on Sunday he is the first Senator to test positive for COVID-19
  • Paul’s Twitter account made the announcement, claiming he is “asymptomatic” and was tested “out of an abundance of caution”
  • Just days ago Paul was one of a handful of Republican lawmakers that voted against an emergency coronavirus relief bill

Senator Rand Paul is the first U.S. Senator to test positive for COVID-19. Ironically, Paul was one of a handful of Republican lawmakers that opposed a $100 billion stimulus package to provide relief during the COVID-19 outbreak just days ago.

The Senate still managed to approve the measure with an overwhelming 90-8 vote. Paul introduced an amendment to the emergency coronavirus response bill that would have required a Social Security number for purposes of a child tax credit. It also included a demand to terminate all U.S. military operations and reconstruction in Afghanistan. Paul’s plan was dismissed with a 95-3 vote.

After stalling the passage of the relief bill, on Sunday Paul’s Twitter announced he had tested positive for COVID-19. According to the tweet, Paul “is feeling fine and is in quarantine.” The tweet went on to read, “He is asymptomatic and was tested out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events.” Paul claims he is not aware of any “direct contact” with anyone infected.

“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,” the tweet reads. Paul’s office began operating remotely ten days ago. The tweet claims “virtually no staff has had contact with Senator Rand Paul.”

Earlier in the week, Florida Republican Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart and Utah Democratic Congressman Ben McAdams were the first members of Congress tot est positive for COVID-19.


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