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Lindsey Graham. Photo: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Monday that he has tested positive for COVID-19, despite being vaccinated.

Why it matters: Graham emphasized that the mildness of his symptoms is due to being vaccinated. If he had been unvaccinated his symptoms would be "far worse," he said.

The latest: It appears that Graham may have exposed a number of other senators to the virus this weekend after he attended a weekend get-together hosted by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) on the latter's houseboat, CNN reports.

  • "Sen. Manchin is fully vaccinated and following the CDC guidelines for those exposed to a COVID-positive individual," a Manchin spokeswoman told CNN.
  • Sens. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.) and Jacky Rosen (D-N.V.) were also at the bipartisan gathering and are now following CDC guidelines for persons exposed to a COVID-positive individual, reports Business Insider.
  • Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-N.V.), John Thune (R-S.D.), and Chris Coons (D-Del.), all of whom are fully vaccinated, also attended the boat gathering. Thune has already received his test results and tested negative for COVID-19.
  • Senate Democrats have gone back to holding virtual meetings in light of the news of Graham's positive test.

The big picture: Graham received the coronavirus vaccine in December 2020 and has advocated for his constituents to get inoculated.

  • Graham said he began experiencing flu-like symptoms on Saturday and visited his doctor Monday morning.
  • He described his symptoms as mild and confirmed that he will quarantine for 10 days.
  • "I am very glad I was vaccinated because without vaccination I am certain I would not feel as well as I do now," he wrote. "My symptoms would be far worse."

Of note: Despite the attention given to them, "breakthrough" COVID-19 cases remain exceedingly rare.

  • Less than 0.1% of vaccinated Americans tested positive for COVID-19 and those who do tend to experience a less severe bout of the virus than the unvaccinated.

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Three tourists were arrested after allegedly assaulting a New York City restaurant hostess when she asked for proof of their vaccination status before they could be seated indoors, the New York Times reports.

The latest: On Saturday, lawyers for the restaurant and the three women revealed that the tourists had in fact shown proof of vaccination and been allowed into Carmine's Italian restaurant, according to the Times.

Sep 19, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Scoop - Manchin: Delay Biden plan to '22

Sen. Joe Manchin walks through the Capitol Visitor Center last week. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is privately saying he thinks Congress should take a “strategic pause” until 2022 before voting on President Biden’s $3.5 trillion social-spending package, people familiar with the matter tell Axios.

Why it matters: Manchin’s new timeline — if he insists on it — would disrupt the plans by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to vote on the budget reconciliation package this month.