Coronavirus infection ends Grassley’s 27-year voting streak

“I’m disappointed that I wasn’t able to vote today in the Senate but the health of others is more important than any record."

Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley said on Tuesday he tested positive for coronavirus and would quarantine at home, ending a 27-year streak of voting in every Senate roll call — a record 8,927 in all — since 1993.

“I’m disappointed that I wasn’t able to vote today in the Senate but the health of others is more important than any record,” said Grassley, 87, in a statement. A member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Grassley chairs the Finance Committee and as Senate president pro tempore, is third in the line of succession for the presidency.

“I’ll b following my doctors’ orders/CDC guidelines & continue to quarantine,” said Grassley on social media. He went into quarantine earlier in the day after learning he had been exposed to the virus. “I’m feeling good + will keep up on my work for the ppl of Iowa from home. I appreciate everyone’s well wishes + prayers &look fwd to resuming my normal schedule soon.”

Grassley said: “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.”

Produced with FERN, non-profit reporting on food, agriculture, and environmental health.
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