Graham was one of 16 Republicans who joined Democrats in a 66-28 vote on Friday to proceed to the legislative vehicle for the bipartisan infrastructure package. It’s not clear what his 10-day absence will mean for the future of that bill.
Graham was reportedly in attendance over the weekend at an event on West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin’s houseboat with other senators. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says people who are fully vaccinated do not need to self-quarantine after being in contact with someone who is positive for COVID-19 unless they’re symptomatic.
The agency does advise fully vaccinated people to get tested three to five days after exposure, even if they don’t have symptoms, and to wear a mask indoors and in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.
“Senator Manchin is fully vaccinated and following the CDC guidelines for those exposed to a COVID positive individual,” said a Manchin spokeswoman when asked whether Graham was in attendance at the event.
Senators from both parties, including Graham, had been seen in the past several weeks moving around the Capitol without masks after the CDC relaxed masking rules for vaccinated people. Lately, more senators have been seen wearing masks.
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