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Byrd Turns to the More Youthful Inouye For Help

Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) remains hospitalized but has begun physical therapy with the hope of being released soon, his office announced today. And he has turned to a younger senator to execute his duties while he's away from Capitol Hill.

"[Sen. Byrd's] spirits are extremely high and he continues to appreciate the well wishes from all, especially the people of West Virginia," read a statement released by his office. "Even if released from the hospital, he is not expected to be back in his office this week."

Though the ailing senator, who is 91, gave up his chairmanship of the Senate Appropriations Committee last year, he remains chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security. In the statement released by his office today, Byrd said he has asked Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) -- who, at 84, is a mere seven years younger than Byrd -- to oversee his subcommittee's scheduled consideration this week of the homeland security spending bill.

"I again express my deepest appreciation to the chairman of the committee and my dear friend, Senator Inouye, for agreeing to take the helm of the subcommittee in my absence," Byrd said.

Today marks one month since Byrd, the oldest current senator and the longest-serving senator in U.S. history, was hospitalized with a bacterial infection. His spokesman, Jesse Jacobs, initially suggested the senator would be released within a matter of days but Byrd then developed a staph infection, which kept him hospitalized, according to Jacobs.

At the request of his family, Byrd's office has not disclosed which hospital is treating the senator.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 15, 2009; 5:08 PM ET
 
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I PRAY THAT SENATOR BYRD HAS A FULL AND SPEADY RECOVERY. I PRAY THAT THE SENATOR WILL VOTE FOR ALL AMERICANS TO HAVE THE SAME HIGH QUALITY HEALTH CARE THAT THE SENATOR RECEIVED.
IF THE NATION CAN NOT AFFORD THIS FOR ALL OF THE PEOPLE, MAYBE CONGRESS CAN VOTE THEMSELVES A HEALTH CARE PACKAGE WHERE THE TAX PAYERS WILL PAY FOR CONGRESS PEOPLE THE SAME AS THEY PAY FOR THE POOR AND UNINSURED AND EACH CAN PURCHASE FROM PRIVATE INSURERS WHAT THEY FEEL THEY NEED OVER AND ABOVE THE BASICS OFFERED TO OTHERS.

Posted by: sm98yth | June 16, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

I now live in VA, but for 14 yrs I lived in HI and had the chance to observe Daniel Inouye at closer hand than now. I have long since concluded that he is one of the greatest & most decent Senators in Congress. He can be trusted to do the right thing and to do it well.

Posted by: bdukore | June 16, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Dear Senator Byrd,

Long may you run.

Regards,
dePaul Consiglio

Posted by: depaulconsiglio | June 16, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Mr Byrd, get well and then go home... At 91 you are not an asset to this country...

Posted by: mhirtzsr | June 17, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Senator Byrd has always been a very admired Senator, but he should know it is now time for him to step down and let someone else represent West Virginia, his time has come and gone, can't understand why these old sick Senators hold on just about forever.

Posted by: Joyce1 | June 18, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

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