Frank Lautenberg recovering from ulcer, fall
By Ben Pershing
New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) is recuperating after undergoing surgery Tuesday morning to treat a bleeding ulcer, according to his office.
"Early this morning doctors diagnosed Senator Lautenberg with a bleeding ulcer, and he underwent a successful endoscopy procedure to treat it," Lautenberg spokesman Caley Gray said in a statement. "After becoming lightheaded and taking a fall as a result of the condition, the Senator sought medical attention last night. The Senator is expected to make a full recovery and will be back to work soon."
Lautenberg, who turned 86 three weeks ago, is the second-oldest senator currently serving. The eldest is Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.). Lautenberg was reelected in 2008, and has said he is in good health and has every intention of serving out his full term.
Lautenberg's office did not specify when he would be able to return to his duties in the Senate, but Democrats certainly hope he will be ready to work next week. On Monday, the chamber is scheduled to hold a cloture vote on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) $15 billion jobs package. With many Republicans angered by the process that created the measure, Democrats will likely need all the help they can get to muster the 60 votes necessary to proceed.
According to press reports, Lautenberg's fall occurred at his home in Cliffside Park, N.J. The Newark Star-Ledger notes that Lautenberg was one of several lawmakers who joined Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on a short trip to Haiti Friday.
February 16, 2010; 12:10 PM ET
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