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Gohmert returns to Congress despite possible coronavirus exposure after physician recommendation

Rep. Louie GohmertLouis (Louie) Buller GohmertWhy Trump could face criminal charges for inciting violence and insurrection Democrats to levy fines on maskless lawmakers on House floor Supreme Court won't fast-track review of Trump election lawsuits 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) GaetzThe Memo: Historic vote leaves Trump more isolated than ever Top Republican congressional aide resigns, rips GOP lawmakers who objected to Biden win House GOP leader tells members to quit spreading lies on riot, antifa MORE (Fla.), Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsDrudge congratulates Warnock, says Ann Coulter should have been GOP candidate Warnock defeats Loeffler in Georgia Senate runoff Warnock says he needs to win 'by comfortable margin' because 'funny things go on' MORE (Ga.) and Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarHouse conservatives plot to oust Liz Cheney Democrats to levy fines on maskless lawmakers on House floor Gosar's siblings push to have him removed from Congress after Capitol riot 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 CruzMcConnell about to school Trump on political power for the last time Trump impeachment ignites GOP civil war GOP lawmaker gives up honorary college degree in wake of Electoral College vote MORE (R-Texas) also had contact with the individual who attended CPAC and went into self-quarantine Sunday. 

Democratic Rep. Julia BrownleyJulia Andrews BrownleyVoters elected a record number of Black women to Congress this year — none were Republican House Democrats eyeing much broader Phase 3 stimulus Assistant House Speaker self-quarantines out of 'abundance of caution' 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.