It is. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisOvernight Health Care: Six Republicans break with party in ObamaCare vote | Pfizer CEO ‘disappointed’ vaccine discusses ‘politically’ | The 2006 Supreme Court decision of Trump signed the “Right to Life” statement. Democrat Cunningham set a record 0.3m in the third quarter to bid against Tillis. The GOP rejects the Schumer bill to protect ObamaCare in the fight of the Supreme Court MORE (NC) said Friday that he tested positive for the coronavirus and became the second GOP Senator to be at the White House on Saturday to be diagnosed with the virus.
“I have been routinely tested for COVID-1
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Tillis, who said he is currently asymptomatic, is the fourth Senator known to test positive and the second member of the Justice Committee.
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“I will follow my doctor’s recommendations and self-isolate myself at home for 10 days and notify those I have been in close contact with,” said Tillis, who was seen in photos wearing a mask at the White House event.
Like Lee, Tillis attended committee meetings and caucus lunches at the Capitol this week, and also interacted with reporters.
Tillis is in the final stages of a tough re-election campaign against Democratic candidate Cal Cunningham, who has led the GOP Senator in several recent polls. The two men faced each other in a debate on Thursday evening. Cunningham said in a tweet on Friday night that he is now being tested.
Tillis’ campaign said Friday night that employees who were around the senator are now being quarantined.
“The Tillis Campaign employees who were exposed to the Senator this week will now be quarantined and tested in the coming days. Our headquarters for the campaign in Charlotte are now closed and we are suspending all personal campaign events until further notice,” said campaign manager Luke Blanchat. “We are also reaching out to anyone who may have come into contact with Senator Tillis during the campaign events we held this week.”
The diagnosis for Tillis and Lee brings new uncertainty to the GOP timeline as they attempt to validate Supreme Court candidate Amy Coney Barrett.
Majority Leader of the Senate Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell: The next Trump-Biden debate should be more respectful. McConnell signals that he is open to upholding the Supreme Court decision on the lame duck house (R-Ky.) And chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamOvernight Health Care: Six Republicans Break Party on ObamaCare Vote | Pfizer CEO ‘disappointed’ vaccine discusses ‘politically’ | The election of the Supreme Court of Trump in 2006 signed the “Right to Life” declaration. A third party candidate in the SC Senate race is out and supports Graham GOP Super PAC preparing M ad blitz in South Carolina to promote Graham MORE (RS.C.) both promised earlier Friday that they would move Barrett’s nomination forward as planned. The hearing is scheduled to begin on October 12th.
“I just finished a great phone call with @POTUS. He’s in a good mood and we’ve talked about the business – especially how impressed the Senators are with Judge Barrett’s qualifications. Fullsteam pushed the process forward, which was fair, thorough and timely The Candidate, The Court & The Country Deserves It, “McConnell said in a tweet.
I just finished a great phone call with @POTUS. He’s in a good mood and we’ve talked about business – especially how impressed the Senators are with Judge Barrett’s qualifications. Full speed ahead for the fair, thorough, and timely trial that the candidate, the court, and the country deserve.
– Chairman McConnell (@senatemajldr) October 2, 2020
After the hearing, the Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on Barrett’s nomination on October 22nd, paving the way for a final Senate vote in the final week of October.
Both Tillis and Lee plan to return in time for the vote on Barrett’s nomination to the Senate Judiciary Committee, according to the deadlines set in their statements. But if they are still absent it would throw a curveball into Graham’s plans.
Although senators can vote by proxy in committee business meetings, advisors confirmed on Friday that if they change the outcome, those votes do not count. Unlike in the Senate, there is no tiebreaker in the committees, and a tie is the same as a failed nomination proposal.
But McConnell, who spoke in Kentucky on Friday, turned down the idea of postponing Barrett’s nomination until the Senators found out who, if anything, would test positive for the coronavirus. Graham announced on Friday that he had been tested but was negative.
“I plan to move on to the nomination as soon as she leaves the committee,” said McConnell in one of his clearest signs yet that he will be planning a vote on Barrett’s nomination before the November 3rd election.
However, the Democrats are urging Republicans to postpone Barrett’s schedule until the Senators are able to better understand their potential exposure.
Updated: 9:35 p.m.