Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-N.Y.) announced Monday he will not be returning to Congress this week after he tested positive for COVID-19.
“This morning, I tested positive for COVID-19. I am experiencing only mild symptoms and will continue to isolate at home in the Bronx in accordance with the latest CDC guidelines,” Torres said in a statement.
The New York Democrat is the latest lawmaker in recent weeks to test positive for the virus as cases begin to rise throughout the country. Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) announced Sunday that she also tested positive for COVID-19.
Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) also tested positive for the virus over the past couple of months.
The House is returning to session this week after the August recess with a focus on government funding and a potential impeachment inquiry into President Biden. Congress has about three weeks to pass a continuing resolution to approve funding and avoid a government shutdown.
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