Top House Republican appropriator tests positive for COVID-19

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WASHINGTON ― The House’s top Republican appropriator, Rep. Kay Granger, has tested positive for coronavirus after arriving in Washington to begin the new session of Congress, her office said Monday.

Granger, of Texas, is quarantining after testing positive Sunday. She received the vaccine in December and is not feeling symptoms, according to an aide.

“When she arrived in DC for the beginning of the 117th Congress, Congresswoman Kay Granger was tested for coronavirus in accordance with the Attending Physician’s guidance for Members when traveling from their home state,” said Sarah Flaim, the communications director for House Appropriations Committee Republicans.

“She was later notified that she tested positive and immediately quarantined. Having received the vaccine in December, she is asymptomatic and feeling great! She will remain under the care of the her doctor.”

Granger is one of several dozen lawmakers to test positive since March and the latest senior lawmaker on defense matters.

Incoming House Armed Services Committee ranking member Mike Rogers, R-Ala., announced he tested positive in mid-December; and both House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee ranking member Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Calif., and House Seapower Subcommittee Chairman Joe Courtney, D-Conn., announced they tested positive in November. All three have since returned to work.

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