Sen. Rand Paul tests positive for coronavirus

The breaking news comes from Capitol Hill as Congress negotiates a massive stimulus package worth least $2 trillion.
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on capitol hill. Senator Rand Paul testing positive for the coronavirus, as congress negotiates that massive stimulus package, now growing to at least $2 trillion. At least two other senators placed themselves in self-quarantine. ABC's Rachel Scott is in Washington. Reporter: Tonight, senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, seen here on capitol hill just days ago, announcing on Twitter that he has been diagnosed with covid-19, becoming the first senator infected. His colleagues now facing the same confusion and questions as so many across this country. You were all at lunch together on Friday. Yes, we were at a lunch together with Rand and hope he's doing very well. But we have to determine whether any of us should self-quarantine as a result of being in the same room. Reporter: And with just hours before the stock market reopens, and the country on edge, tonight that massive stimulus bill still up in the air. Just days ago, president trump said he wanted multiple rounds of checks in the pockets of suffering Americans. We're not talking about a $1,000 check. We're talking about much more than that. We're also talking about doing phases. Reporter: But today, his treasury secretary, Steve mnuchin, says workers will receive just one check -- for now. Is it just a one time only payment? Well, for now in this legislation, it is one payment. If, for whatever reason, you know, ten weeks from now, this virus, we haven't won this, we'll go back to congress again. Reporter: Under the Republican proposal, if you make $75,000 or less, you'll get a $1,200 check. Anyone making up to $99,000 will get a smaller check. And families with household income under $198,000 will get up to $500 per child. Some now signaling the total price tag could be $2 trillion. Democrats say the two sides still are far apart, taking issue with key elements of the bill, including a $500 billion relief fund for corporations. There are issues that have not been resolved. They're serious issues. We hope we can get them resolved Reporter: Senate majority leader Mitch Mcconnell insists the bill is moving forward. Make no mistake about it, we'll be voting tomorrow. I mean, the wheel has to stop at All right, Rachel Scott joins us live from the white house. And Rachel, we just heard right there, senator Mitch Mcconnell, he wants a vote tomorrow, but we're hearing from so many lawmakers concerned about senator Rand Paul's diagnosis, this is vote still going to happen? Reporter: Yeah, that's right, and president trump just said that he would be in favor of a proposal to allow for remote voting, but that is highly unlikely. Now, we are learning tonight that senator Mitt Romney has, indeed, decided to self-quarantine, after coming into close contact with senator Rand Paul, who tested positive. That brings the total number of U.S. Senators in isolation tonight up to five. Tom? Rachel Scott with those breaking developments tonight from the white house. Rachel, thank you.

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