Senator Manchin self-isolates after positive COVID test

FILE – Sen. Joe Manchin, DW.Va., is greeted by reporters outside the courtroom where he chairs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 21 2022. Manchin has been an obstacle for Biden. plans on climate change, a reflection of his outsized influence at a time when Democrats hold the narrowest margins in the US Senate. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Sen. Joe Manchin has tested positive for COVID-19 and has mild symptoms, the West Virginia lawmaker tweeted Monday.

The 74-year-old Democrat said he was fully vaccinated and boosted.

“I will isolate and follow CDC guidelines while I continue to work remotely to serve West Virginia,” he said.

Manchin’s absence could impact the Senate vote later this week. Members of the United States House of Representatives can vote remotely by proxy, but members of the United States Senate cannot.

Lawmakers are expected to take a final vote on a bill to stimulate the production of semiconductors in the United States this week. The bill making its way through the Senate is a top priority for the Biden administration.

The legislation would add about $79 billion to the deficit over 10 years, mostly due to new subsidies and tax breaks that would subsidize the cost computer chipmakers incur when building or expanding chip factories. in the USA.