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Byrd Released From Hospital

By Ben Pershing
Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) was released from the hospital Thursday afternoon, according to his office, two days after a fall at his Northern Virginia home.

The 91-year-old Byrd, the longest-serving senator in history, was admitted to the undisclosed hospital Tuesday as a precautionary measure, after tests showed an increase in Byrd's white-blood cell count, prompting fears of an infection.

The West Virginian "will continue his antibiotic treatment at his home and convalesce over the coming days," his office said in a statement. "Byrd indicated that he 'is looking forward to engaging in the upcoming debate and votes on health care reform -- one of the most critical issues facing this Congress.'"

The current fight over health care has made Democratic leaders particularly keen to monitor Byrd's whereabouts and ability to come to the Senate. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) today named Paul Kirk to fill temporarily the seat of the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.). That step gives Democrats a filibuster-proof 60 votes in the chamber for health care and other priorities, assuming Byrd's health allows him to appear on the floor.

By Ben Pershing  |  September 24, 2009; 2:03 PM ET
Categories:  Senate  
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Comments

Has he had Obama's 'end of life counseling' yet...just like Cuba, there are tiers of health care; and obviously Byrd is in the top tier....WE AREN'T!

Posted by: Common_Cents1 | September 24, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Everyone should have end of life counseling. Right now with the insurance industry in charge, there certainly are "tiers of health care."

Posted by: groovylounge | September 24, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Time to retire.

Posted by: trotterjt | September 24, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Nice work greedy health care workers.

Sen Byrd, good to have you back and feeling well old friend. I'll see you at the Klan rally this week end.

PS: It's your turn to bring the matches and the lighter fluid. Larry's bringing the rope and Buford is in charge of bringing the "guest of honor".

Posted by: Bcamp55 | September 24, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

I didn't know the Klan had a health care plan?

Posted by: Superpower | September 24, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Nice work greedy health care workers.

Sen Byrd, good to have you back and feeling well old friend. I'll see you at the Klan rally this week end.

PS: It's your turn to bring the matches and the lighter fluid. Larry's bringing the rope and Buford is in charge of bringing the "guest of honor".

Posted by: Bcamp55 | September 24, 2009 3:43 PM

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"In the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's (NAACP)[54] Congressional Report Card for the 108th Congress (spanning the 2003–2004 congressional session), Byrd was awarded with an approval rating of 100 percent for favoring the NAACP's position in all 33 bills presented to the United States Senate regarding issues of their concern."

Posted by: James10 | September 24, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Nice work greedy health care workers.

Sen Byrd, good to have you back and feeling well old friend. I'll see you at the Klan rally this week end.

PS: It's your turn to bring the matches and the lighter fluid. Larry's bringing the rope and Buford is in charge of bringing the "guest of honor".

Posted by: Bcamp55 | September 24, 2009 3:43 PM

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"In the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's (NAACP)[54] Congressional Report Card for the 108th Congress (spanning the 2003–2004 congressional session), Byrd was awarded with an approval rating of 100 percent for favoring the NAACP's position in all 33 bills presented to the United States Senate regarding issues of their concern."

Posted by: James10 | September 24, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse
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Yeah and Ted Kennedy didn't get jail time for killing Mary Jo Kapechne. So what's your point; he was never a Klan member?

Technically I suppose you're right. He was never just a "member". He as a Kleagle - one whose sole responsibility was to recruit new members. Then he moved up to become an Exalted Wizard.

It makes me wonder how many "colored folk" he was directly or indirectly responsible for killing or how many were burnt out of their homes do to his involvement. Some standards you tards have for your representatives; that's all I can say.

Posted by: Bcamp55 | September 24, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Bcamp55 and Superpower are clearly stuck in the past; must be comfortable for them. Robert C. Byrd WAS a Klan member and a racist. He IS no longer, HASN'T been for many years. He has repudiated that part of his past, and his actions (see James10's post, for example) confirm the sincerity of his claims.

RCB has been a student of the Senate and a guardian of the Constitution; he was one of the few Senators to oppose the Iraq invasion. I have not agreed with every one of his positions, but when we consider his record taken as a whole, he is one of the Senate's good guys.

I'll be honest: I DO think it's time for him to retire because he can't bring the vigor to his duties that he once did. But I don't regret that he has represented my state ably for so long. Much of that service has been distinguished. Bcamp55 and Superpower would have been lucky to have him represent them. Of course, maybe they might prefer a senator like Jim DeMint. Since they live in the past, perhaps they were Jesse Helms fans . . . .

I'll take RCB, thanks. And I wish him well.

Posted by: post_reader_in_wv | September 24, 2009 7:50 PM | Report abuse

The comment on the temporary replacement of the late E. Kennedy struck me. Is this the rule - that the governor appoints a temp? The Post should clarify the rule. I believe that the governor has to name a date within fifty[?] days to elect a replacement.
Just a little more information Mr. Editor would be helpful.
Oh! I googled "replace kennedy governor selection" and found the clarification. The temporary replacement is a possible or proposed temporary. The rule change is in the courts

Posted by: demshatecia | September 24, 2009 10:39 PM | Report abuse

fr Bcamp55:

>...Sen Byrd, good to have you back and feeling well old friend. I'll see you at the Klan rally this week end....

Senator Byrd is no longer a kkk member. Read US History and learn something other than spamming.

Posted by: Alex511 | September 25, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Get past the politics.

Sen Byrd was one of the few people over 90 that get to go home after a fall. Statistics for seniors in his age group show that most won't go home.
Could his fall have been prevented.
Never mind your political leanings, has an elder in your family fallen and not returned home. Would you have taken action to possibly prevent the fall if you knew that there ways to prevent falls. Step up and help someone.
If you really care about our elders let me know. We need your help

chairnvfpc

Posted by: chairnvfpc | September 27, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

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