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Senator Chuck Grassley returns to work after coronavirus check constructive and quarantine

U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) walks through Capitol Hill in Washington, USA on September 30, 2020.

Erin Scott | Reuters

Senator Chuck Grassley returned to the Capitol on Monday after exiting a quarantine period after testing positive for coronavirus.

In a statement, the 87-year-old Republican from Iowa said he "experienced no symptoms" after testing positive on November 17. Grassley, the oldest GOP Senator, is the pro tempore president of the Senate and the third in line of presidential succession.

The Senator encouraged Americans to wear masks and practice social distancing when he asked Congress to approve another aid package.

"Congress must do its part and pass long-overdue relief laws to help families, businesses and communities deal with this crisis," he said. "I hope my colleagues come to the same conclusion and that a bipartisan law can be passed very soon."

At least seven U.S. senators have tested positive for Covid-19 as a surge in infections grips the country. Grassley is the second oldest member of the Chamber and was at increased risk of serious illness.

When he went into quarantine, Grassley missed a Senate vote for the first time since 1993.

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