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Romney to self-quarantine after Paul tests positive

Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyBiden's Cabinet a battleground for future GOP White House hopefuls The Memo: GOP mulls its future after Trump Biden teams to meet with Trump administration agencies MORE (R-Utah) on Sunday became the second senator to self-quarantine after Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulMcConnell halts in-person Republican lunches amid COVID-19 surge Biden's Cabinet a battleground for future GOP White House hopefuls Loeffler isolating after possible COVID-19 infection 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 McConnellMcConnell halts in-person Republican lunches amid COVID-19 surge Biden and reproductive health rights Biden's Cabinet a battleground for future GOP White House hopefuls 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.

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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 LeeMcConnell halts in-person Republican lunches amid COVID-19 surge Loeffler isolating after possible COVID-19 infection Rick Scott tests positive for coronavirus 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 GardnerHillicon Valley: Trump fires top federal cybersecurity official, GOP senators push back | Apple to pay 3 million to resolve fight over batteries | Los Angeles Police ban use of third-party facial recognition software Senate passes bill to secure internet-connected devices against cyber vulnerabilities Democrats vent to Schumer over Senate majority failure 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 CruzFormer CIA head, Cruz trade jabs over killing of Iranian nuclear scientist: 'You are unworthy to represent the good people of Texas' O'Brien on 2024 talk: 'There's all kinds of speculation out there' Ocasio-Cortez, Cruz trade jabs over COVID-19 relief: People 'going hungry as you tweet from' vacation MORE (R-Texas) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamBiden's Cabinet a battleground for future GOP White House hopefuls Republicans ready to become deficit hawks again under a President Biden Let's give thanks to Republican defenders of democracy MORE (R-S.C.) had previously self-quarantined but are out of isolation.