Senate Republicans had been meeting daily in addition to their weekly Republican Policy Luncheon, which is held on Tuesday. Just this past Tuesday, treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin appeared at the lunch to discuss bailouts of industries impacted by coronavirus.

Paul was also a regular presence on the Senate floor this past week, where he effectively delayed the $1 trillion stimulus bill with an amendment that would require a Social Security number to qualify for the child tax credit, among other proposals.

An increasing number of leaders and lawmakers around the world have tested positive for Covid-19 or gone into quarantine after coming into contact with an infected individual. This is happening at a time when the cooperation of governments and legislative bodies is needed more than ever, as the pandemic continues to escalate.

German chancellor Angela Merkel is currently under self-quarantine after having contact with a doctor who tested positive, her spokesperson confirmed today. In the UK, 11 members of Parliament chose to self-isolate earlier this month after coming into contact with health minister Nadine Dorries, who tested positive for the virus. In Iran, 12 politicians and public officials have died of the virus, including a member of the clerical body that appoints the nation’s supreme leader. The wives of Spanish prime minister Pedro Sanchez and his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau tested positive for Covid-19, forcing both leaders to self-quarantine.

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