GOP Senator Chuck Grassley (IA), the Senate's President Pro Tempore, announced on Tuesday morning that he was exposed to an individual who contracted the coronavirus, and is awaiting test results. He plans to quarantine and conduct his Senate duties from home as the Senate Judiciary Committee hears from big technology executives Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg.
.@ChuckGrassley says he’s been exposed to coronavirus. At 87 years old, Grassley is the president pro tempore of the Senate.— Kasie Hunt (@kasie) November 17, 2020
Tuesday marks the first time in 27 years that Sen. Grassley will have missed a vote in the Senate.
With Sen. Grassley out, the Senate's procedural vote on Judy Shelton, who President Trump nominated to sit on the Federal Reserve's Board of Governor's, could now fail after three GOP Senators already publicly opposed her nomination.
With Grassley out, the nomination of Judy Shelton for a spot on the board of governors of the Federal Reserve is now in jeopardy. There’s a key procedural vote this afternoon. If McConnell were to delay the vote, he would lose another vote after Mark Kelly is sworn into his seat https://t.co/juywU6cGfR— Manu Raju (@mkraju) November 17, 2020
Senate President Pro Tem @ChuckGrassley says he is immediately quarantining after exposure to coronavirus. Says he feels fine.— Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) November 17, 2020
Practically speaking, that means this afternoon's vote on Judy Shelton is on track to fail, 48-49, if Harris shows up to vote.