Romney to self-quarantine after Paul tests positive

Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt Romney7 things to know about the coronavirus stimulus package Scarborough rips Trump for mocking Romney's negative coronavirus test: 'Could have been a death sentence' Trump on Romney's negative coronavirus test: 'I am so happy I can barely speak' MORE (R-Utah) on Sunday became the second senator to self-quarantine after Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulCoronavirus in Congress: Lawmakers who have tested positive Pennsylvania congressman tests positive for coronavirus South Carolina congressman tests positive for 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 McConnellHillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike Trump signs T coronavirus relief package Pelosi not invited by Trump to White House coronavirus relief bill's signing 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 LeeTrump on Romney's negative coronavirus test: 'I am so happy I can barely speak' Romney says he tested negative for coronavirus, will remain in quarantine Paul defends actions before coronavirus diagnosis, calls for more testing 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 GardnerRomney says he tested negative for coronavirus, will remain in quarantine Senate GOP super PAC books more than million in fall ads The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Airbnb - Markets expected to plunge amid partisan squabbling 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 CruzTrump faces mounting pressure to unleash Defense Production Act Overnight Energy: House stimulus aims to stem airline pollution | Environmental measures become sticking point in Senate talks | Progressives propose T 'green stimulus' GOP blames environmental efforts, but Democrats see public health problems with stimulus MORE (R-Texas) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamCampaigns pivot toward health awareness as races sidelined by coronavirus UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus Schumer: Senate should 'explore' remote voting if coronavirus sparks lengthy break MORE (R-S.C.) had previously self-quarantined but are out of isolation.