Top GOP Senators Close Down Senate Offices

Senators Ted Cruz and Tom Cotton have decided to close their Senate offices out of an abundance of caution due to the coronavirus.

According to The Hill:

Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said on Thursday that they will temporarily close their offices after a staffer in Sen. Maria Cantwell’s (D-Wash.) office tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

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The decisions underscore the growing concern about a widespread outbreak on Capitol Hill, which got its first confirmed case on Wednesday night.

“In response to reports that an aide from another Senate office has tested positive for COVID-19, Sen. Cruz has temporarily closed the D.C. office out of an abundance of caution to protect the health and welfare of staff, constituents, and colleagues in Congress,” Cruz’s office said in a statement.

Cruz is currently quarantined after being exposed to an individual with the virus; the rest of his staff will work remotely. The senator’s office says he is healthy, and his self-quarantine is scheduled to end Thursday night.

This is a major step from the Senators with many expected to follow Cruz and Cotton’s leads.

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