November 19, 2001 at 7:14 PM EST - Updated July 1 at 8:40 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - Two of the three Senate office buildings, including Ohio Sen. Mike DeWine's, reopened Monday after being checked for anthrax contamination.
The buildings were closed Saturday after a letter mailed to Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., was discovered in one of 280 barrels of quarantined congressional mail. Leahy's letter resembled an anthrax-tainted letter opened Oct. 15 in the office of Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D.
As Congress began a Thanksgiving week break on Monday, the building that houses Daschle and Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, remained closed. Voinovich's staff continued to work out of DeWine's conference room, spokesman Scott Milburn said Monday.
The letter sent to Leahy was being analyzed, and it was unclear when test results would be available. It was also unclear whether the letter ever reached Leahy's office, which is upstairs from the office of DeWine, R-Ohio.
The FBI said all congressional mail set aside after discovery of the Daschle letter has been inspected, and the Leahy letter was the only suspicious piece.
No Senate or House member or aide has contracted anthrax.
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