Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeGraham dismisses calls to delay Barrett confirmation hearingsHarris to take part in Barrett hearings remotelyCoons: Barrett has ‘views that make her not qualified to serve on the Supreme Court’MORE (R-Utah) said Monday morning that he plans to attend Judge Amy Coney Barretts Supreme Court confirmation hearings in person this week, despite testing positive for COVID-19 earlier in the month.
Lee said he has been cleared by Congresss attending physician to show up in the hearing room because he is “no longer contagious.
Im feeling great. Ready to be back in the saddle and excited for todays hearings to begin. Ill be participating in person. Ive gotten the signoff from the Office of the Attending Physician, he told conservative talk host Hugh Hewitt Monday.
Ive gone through the appropriate number of days and Ive been keeping my temperature under control and Im no longer contagious, he added.
Lee announced on Oct. 2 that he had tested positive for COVID-19, leading to speculation that he would participate in Barretts confirmation hearings virtually, as some of his colleagues have chosen to do.
Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisNorth Dakota farmer goes viral for Biden-Harris message plowed into fieldTrump slight against Gold Star families adds to military woesThe president’s actions are as dangerous as his wordsMORE (D-Calif.), the Democratic nominee for vice president, will participate remotely because of the outbreak of the virus among Republican colleagues.
Sens. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisGraham dismisses calls to delay Barrett confirmation hearingsHarris to take part in Barrett hearings remotelyCoons: Barrett has ‘views that make her not qualified to serve on the Supreme Court’MORE (R-N.C.) and Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonGOP Rep. Mike Bost tests positive for COVID-19Harrison calls on Graham to take a COVID-19 test before debateOvernight Defense: Pentagon retracing steps of top officials after positive coronavirus case | Trump suggests Gold Star families could have infected him | VP debate brings up military topicsMORE (R-Wis.) also announced they tested positive for coronavirus this month.
Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGraham dismisses calls to delay Barrett confirmation hearingsHarris to take part in Barrett hearings remotelySunday shows – Coronavirus stimulus, Barrett hearings share spotlightMORE (R-Texas) has also placed himself in quarantine as a precaution and plans to take part in Mondays and Tuesdays hearings remotely.
Lee showed up in the Hart Senate Office Building hearing room Monday wearing a mask and saying hell have immunity from the virus for a while.
Once you have it, at least for a period of a few months youre not going to get it again, he said, adding that his family is doing great and is symptom free.
Lee said he experienced most of the symptoms, including fatigue and fever.
Sometimes I felt like [how] it might feel to be 98 years old and in a boxing match, he said.
Lee also said that members of the Senate Judiciary Committee would be seated at least six feet apart from each other for Barrett’s hearings.
Tillis, who is also a member of the Judiciary Committee, was not seen in the hearing room when senators began making their opening statements Monday morning.