Democrats suspended their in-person lunches within the spring as a precaution due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Coronavirus instances are surging throughout the nation — and in Congress. No less than 11 senators have examined optimistic for the virus or the antibodies for the reason that starting of the pandemic, together with at the very least 9 Republicans.
Earlier this month, Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, who’s 87, introduced that he had examined optimistic for Covid-19. Grassley, as president professional tempore, is essentially the most senior Republican within the chamber, placing him within the presidential line of succession. He’s the second-oldest member of the Senate, and is just some months youthful than Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, who can also be 87.
The oldest member of the Home, Republican Rep. Don Younger of Alaska, additionally 87, examined optimistic earlier this month. Greater than 40 members of the Home of Representatives have examined optimistic for the virus thus far, plus a number of incoming members.
Politico first reported McConnell had suspended the gatherings.
The full variety of deaths within the US is as much as practically 266,000 as of Saturday night, and a recent wave of public well being restrictions have been put in place to try to regulate the unfold of the virus.
Specialists concern there will probably be even additional unfold of the virus all through the nation after the Thanksgiving vacation, regardless of warnings from public well being officers to not journey or have giant gatherings.