Gohmert returns to Congress despite possible coronavirus exposure after physician recommendation

Rep. Louie GohmertLouis (Louie) Buller GohmertGOP-Trump fractures on masks open up Democrats start cracking down on masks for lawmakers Justice Department officials say decisions are politicized MORE (R-Texas) returned to Congress on Monday, despite potentially being exposed to the coronavirus, saying he was advised by a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) physician that going into self-quarantine isn't necessary. 

Gohmert said a House physician informed him that he could have been exposed to the virus at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), in a Twitter statement posted Monday.

The Texas representative said he was then contacted by a CDC physician who said he could go back to Washington. 

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“We discussed all the specific circumstances of which he was aware along with my circumstances, including that I was and am asymptomatic, he said that all things considered, I was cleared to return to Washington,” Gohmert tweeted.

Gohmert said the CDC physician said “he would return if he were me” but stressed that the lawmaker and his staff follow proper hygienic practices.

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“I took the advice of the expert and returned to work,” he said. “No one is panicking and we are observing the recommended precautions." 

The Texas representative’s decision to return to Congress comes as several lawmakers have opted to self-quarantine amid worries about contracting coronavirus. 

GOP Reps. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzHouse panel votes to constrain Afghan drawdown, ask for assessment on 'incentives' to attack US troops House panel votes to limit Trump's Germany withdrawal Voters must strongly reject the president's abuses by voting him out this November MORE (Fla.), Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsWarnock raises almost M in Georgia Senate race in second quarter Comer tapped to serve as top Republican on House Oversight Doug Collins leads Kelly Loeffler by 2 points in Georgia Senate race MORE (Ga.) and Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarHouse Republicans urge White House to support TSA giving travelers temperature checks OVERNIGHT ENERGY: DOJ whistleblower cites Trump tweets as impetus for California emissions probe | Democrats set July vote for major conservation bill, blaming Republicans for delay | Trump vows crackdown on monument vandalism Democrats set July vote for major conservation bill, blaming Republicans for delay MORE (Ariz.) have decided to self-quarantine after interacting with an individual who attended CPAC and later tested positive for the virus. 

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTrump administration grants funding extension for Texas testing sites Hillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill banning federal government use of facial recognition tech | House lawmakers roll out legislation to establish national cyber director | Top federal IT official to step down GOP lawmakers join social media app billed as alternative to Big Tech MORE (R-Texas) also had contact with the individual who attended CPAC and went into self-quarantine Sunday. 

Democratic Rep. Julia BrownleyJulia Andrews BrownleyHouse Democrats eyeing much broader Phase 3 stimulus Assistant House Speaker self-quarantines out of 'abundance of caution' Actor Orlando Bloom to self-quarantine MORE (Calif.) also announced she will self-quarantine Monday after possibly coming in contact with the virus. 

The coronavirus has spread to at least 36 states and Washington, D.C., with at least 600 cases and 22 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.