Manchin tests positive for COVID
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said Monday he tested positive for COVID-19 and is "experiencing mild symptoms."
Why it matters: The senator's positive test means he may not be able to vote in the 50-50 Senate this week, as Senate Democrats are trying to push through key legislation, including the reconciliation package, before the August recess.
- Another key moderate senator, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), also said Monday that she has tested positive for COVID-19.
Driving the news: "This morning I tested positive for COVID-19. I am fully vaccinated and boosted and am experiencing mild symptoms," Manchin wrote in a tweet.
- "I will isolate and follow CDC guidelines as I continue to work remotely to serve West Virginians," he said.
- "After experiencing flu like symptoms I recently tested positive for COVID-19. I will be following guidance and advice from doctors and will be quarantining at home in Alaska while continuing my work remotely," Murkowski said on Twitter.
The big picture: The lawmakers' positive tests come after President Biden tested positive for COVID last week.
Editor's note: This story has been updated with information on Sen. Lisa Murkowski's positive COVID-19 test.