Senator Lamar Alexander, who is retiring at the end of this year, also announced on Tuesday that he would not attend, with his office saying he was saving delegate spots for people who had not previously gone to a party convention. He also noted it will mark the first time he won't attend in 40 years.
"I'm not going to go". Grassley, 86, told the Des Moines Register that he did not plan to attend "because of the virus situation". The Utah senator Mitt Romney and the Alaska senator Lisa Murkowski, both of whom have split with the president on multiple occasions, are not going either, according to the Washington Post. Last month, she said she wasn't sure she could support Trump's reelection.
Collins, who faces a tough re-election fight in ME that could decide which party controls the U.S. Senate, never planned to attend because she does not go to national conventions in years she is running for re-election, a spokesman said. And 71% of registered Duval County voters recently surveyed by the University of North Florida said they were "very" or "somewhat concerned" about the COVID-19 transmission related to the convention. Official convention business will still be conducted in Charlotte.More news: Tiger Woods Returning To PGA Tour At The Memorial, He's Baaaack!
Alexander is not seeking reelection to the Senate. Collins "never made plans to attend the convention because she has never attended the national convention in years when she is up for election", the aide said.
Speaking to reporters during a conference call with public union members, Pelosi said she has received overtures from individual Republicans about the need for further legislation and that the Trump administration is seeking to peg spending at $1 trillion as coronavirus cases surge in the United States.
Several other GOP offices contacted by NPR didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. Republicans have paid $ 150,000 to rent the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, compared to what an official said was "millions" for the Spectrum Center in Charlotte.More news: Javicia Leslie cast as CW's Batwoman
The Democratic-led House passed a $3 trillion relief package in May that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has refused to consider.
"The leader has every intention of attending", a McConnell aide said.
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