Romney to self-quarantine after Paul tests positive

Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyFrom a Republican donor to Senate GOP: Remove marriage penalty or risk alienating voters Tennessee primary battle turns nasty for Republicans NRCC poll finds McBath ahead of Handel in Georgia MORE (R-Utah) on Sunday became the second senator to self-quarantine after Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulTrump-backed Hagerty wins Tennessee GOP Senate primary Senators introduce bill to block Trump armed drone sale measure The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump's visit to battleground Ohio overshadowed by coronavirus MORE (R-Ky.) announced that he had tested positive for the coronavirus.

The announcement came less than an hour after the Senate was set to hold a procedural vote on a massive coronavirus stimulus package, leaving Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump signs executive orders after coronavirus relief talks falter Coronavirus deal key to Republicans protecting Senate majority Coronavirus talks collapse as negotiators fail to reach deal MORE (R-Ky.) short another GOP vote. 

"Since Senator Romney sat next to Senator Paul for extended periods in recent days and consistent with [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] guidance, the attending physician has ordered him to immediately self-quarantine and not to vote on the Senate floor," Romney's office said in a statement on Sunday.


Romney's office added that the Utah senator "has no symptoms but will be tested."
Romney's decision comes after Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeOvernight Defense: Air Force general officially becomes first African American service chief | Senators introduce bill to block Trump armed drone sale measure | State Department's special envoy for Iran is departing the Trump administration Senators introduce bill to block Trump armed drone sale measure Trump signs major conservation bill into law MORE (R-Utah) announced he also would self-quarantine in response to Paul's positive test. They are two of several GOP senators who are currently in self-quarantine because of exposure to an individual who tested positive.  

McConnell would need 60 votes and Democratic support to pass the procedural hurdle on the stimulus package. The decisions by multiple GOP senators to self-quarantine are temporarily cutting away at the Senate GOP's 53-47 majority. 

Romney urged his colleagues to support the massive stimulus package, which he has been involved in negotiating. 

"He urges members to pass a relief package as quickly as possible that provides assistance for families, workers and small businesses," he said. 
With Paul, Lee and Romney self-quarantined, in addition to Sens. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerCoronavirus deal key to Republicans protecting Senate majority From a Republican donor to Senate GOP: Remove marriage penalty or risk alienating voters The US military has options against China MORE (R-Colo.) and Rick Scott (R-Fla.), who announced they self-quarantined after contacts with individuals who tested positive, the breakdown in the Senate is currently 48-47. Sens. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzPat Fallon wins GOP nomination in race to succeed DNI Ratcliffe The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association - Negotiators 'far apart' as talks yield little ahead of deadline Wary GOP eyes Meadows shift from brick-thrower to dealmaker MORE (R-Texas) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSeveral GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Graham says he appreciates Trump orders, but 'would much prefer a congressional agreement' Sunday shows preview: White House, congressional Democrats unable to breach stalemate over coronavirus relief MORE (R-S.C.) had previously self-quarantined but are out of isolation.