USA: Senator Manchin tests positive for COVID-19

USA: Senator Manchin tests positive for COVID-19

Senator Joe Manchin reported Tuesday that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is showing mild symptoms.

The 74-year-old West Virginia lawmaker tweeted: “I will self-isolate and follow the guidance of health authorities, working remotely to serve West Virginians.”

He added that he is fully vaccinated, including booster shots.

Manchin’s absence could upset the Senate vote. Legislators in the House of Representatives can vote remotely, but not those in the Senate.

Congress was due to vote this week on a bill to boost semiconductor production. The proposal, which is being debated in the Senate, is one of the top priorities of the administration of President Joe Biden.

The proposal would deepen the national deficit by about $79 billion over 10 years, mostly in subsidies and tax breaks to compensate companies that set up more computer chip factories in the United States.

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