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Senators McConnell and Feinstein Contract Illnesses Amid Capitol Outbreak

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) arrives at the Senate Chamber for a vote at the US Capitol on Tuesday, February 14, 2023, in Washington, DC.

Two prominent senators, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Dianne Feinstein of California, have contracted illnesses amid an outbreak of an unknown virus at the Capitol. The outbreak has left several staffers and lawmakers sick, leading to concerns about the safety of the Capitol Hill community.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell conducts a news conference in the US Capitol on December 6, 2022.

Outbreak Spreads Among Capitol Hill Community


The outbreak was first reported last week, with several staff members and lawmakers falling ill with similar symptoms. As the number of cases grew, concerns were raised about the possibility of a wider outbreak among the Capitol Hill community.


According to New York Times, the exact cause of the outbreak is still unknown, but experts speculate that it may be a new strain of a known virus or a completely new virus altogether. Efforts are underway to identify the source of the outbreak and prevent further spread.


In response to the outbreak, several lawmakers have called for increased safety measures and protocols, including mandatory testing and vaccination for all Capitol Hill personnel.


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Senators McConnell and Feinstein Among Those Affected


The news that Senators McConnell and Feinstein have contracted the illness has raised concerns about the severity of the outbreak and the potential impact on the Senate’s ability to conduct business.


Based on an article published by Seattle Times, McConnell, the Senate Minority Leader, has been vocal about his opposition to vaccine mandates, and his illness has sparked renewed debate on the issue. Feinstein, the oldest member of the Senate, has been hospitalized due to complications from the illness.


The illnesses of the two senators have also highlighted the need for increased safety measures and precautions, including social distancing and remote work arrangements.


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