Nov 28, 2020 - Politics & Policy

McConnell temporarily halts in-person lunches for GOP caucus

Mitch McConnell

Mitch McConnell. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has temporarily suspended in-person lunches for the GOP caucus, Axios confirmed Saturday.

Driving the news: The move is a precautionary step, according to a Senate leadership aide. The decision comes as the U.S. experiences a surge in coronavirus cases and after several senators tested positive for COVID-19 or self-quarantined due to exposure in recent weeks.

  • No COVID-19 cases have been linked to GOP lunches, floor activity or committee activity, the aide noted.
  • Senate Republicans have held socially distanced lunches since May, while Senate Democrats have held their weekly caucus lunches by phone.
  • Senate Republicans will now also hold their lunches by phone, the leadership aide said.
  • Politico was first to report McConnell's decision.

What's next: The Senate is scheduled to return from its Thanksgiving break on Monday.

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