Mnuchin, Murkowski report positive COVID tests.

By Melanie Zanuna | CNN

Two key moderate senators – Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska – announced on Monday that they had tested positive for Covid-19.

“This morning I tested positive for COVID-19,” Manchin said Tweeted. “I am fully vaccinated and am enhanced and experiencing mild symptoms. I will be isolating and following CDC guidelines as I work remotely to serve the people of West Virginia. I will stay

Several hours later, Murkowski tweeted, “I recently tested positive for COVID-19 after experiencing flu-like symptoms. I will follow the doctors’ guidance and advice and continue working remotely. Alaska will quarantine at home.

It’s unclear how Mnuchin’s isolation will affect Democrats’ progress efforts on their legislative agenda. The Senate has a little less than two weeks until its August recess, and Democrats hope to pass the bills. By protecting same-sex marriage To raise funding for Semiconductor production and changing laws in the United States Around prescription drug prices Among other issues – before leaving town for about a month.

As one of the most moderate Democrats in Congress, Mnuchin represents a key vote in the Senate, which is split 50-50, and his support is essential for much of the legislation that divides along partisan lines. are Perhaps most notably, Manchin has been a key negotiator in a package to overhaul Medicare prescription drug prices and expand health care subsidies for coverage under the Affordable Care Act. .

While Republicans are in the minority in the chamber, Murkowski has supported legislation to protect same-sex marriage, a bill that would require at least 10 GOP senators to support it along with all 50 Democrats. . The filibuster.

While Mnuchin and Murkowski can continue to work remotely, Senate floor votes must be in person. Chamber does not There is a proxy voting system. For floor votes like the one adopted by the House of Representatives at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mnuchin is the latest Washington lawmaker to be sidelined from Capitol Hill due to Covid. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer Tested positive And had to go into isolation earlier this month, as did a handful of others. Democratic Sense. Tom Carper of Delaware and Tina Smith of Minnesota both announced last week that they had tested positive, as did President Joe Biden.

Biden’s physician said Monday that the president’s symptoms have “almost completely resolved.” He is isolated in the White House.