Leahy Tests Negative For Covid-19

Statement Of David Carle, Spokesman For Senator Patrick Leahy

“Senator Leahy was tested for COVID-19  earlier today since he attended the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday, where it is now known that two senators were present who have  tested positive for the virus.  While he did not come into close contact with these two senators for an extended period of time, he took the test at the advice of the Capitol Physician.  The test was negative and Senator Leahy continues to exhibit no symptoms for the virus.

“Given the potential exposure of the virus to all members and staff on the Judiciary Committee last week, and given that four senators on the Committee are currently self-quarantining, Senator Leahy firmly believes that it has become impossible to proceed with a hearing to consider Judge Barrett’s nomination, in just seven days from now, in accordance with CDC guidelines.  Doing so would needlessly place the health and safety of members, staff, journalists, and the nominee and her family at risk.”

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