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A spokesperson for Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., stated the upcoming extended absence of Sen. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., won’t have an effect on the Senate’s schedule for confirming President Biden’s decide to exchange retiring Justice Stephen Breyer.
Luján, 49, suffered a stroke final week and stays hospitalized however is predicted make a full restoration, his workplace introduced Tuesday. Aides in Luján’s workplace additional defined that his restoration will maintain him out of labor from 4 to 6 weeks barring issues, in accordance with The Hill.
“Sen. Luján’s absence is not expected to affect the Senate’s timeline for moving a SCOTUS nominee,” a spokesperson at Schumer’s workplace stated in an announcement supplied to Each day Put up Digital.
Luján’s sickness underscores the Democrats’ fragile majority within the Senate. Republican Sens. Mitt Romney of Utah and John Hoeven of North Dakota are additionally absent after coming down with COVID-19, however they’re anticipated to return to work subsequent week.
After experiencing dizziness and fatigue on Thursday, Luján checked himself into an area hospital and was later transferred to UNM Hospital in Albuquerque, the senator’s chief of employees Carlos Sanchez stated in a statement.
SEN. BEN RAY LUJAN OF NEW MEXICO HOSPITALIZED AFTER STROKE
“Senator Luján was found to have suffered a stroke in the cerebellum, affecting his balance. As part of his treatment plan, he subsequently underwent decompressive surgery to ease swelling,” stated Sanchez.
Decompressive surgical procedure entails eradicating part of the cranium to permit a swelling mind to develop.
“Senator Luján looks forward to getting back to work for the people of New Mexico. At this time, he and his family would appreciate their privacy, and ask for your continued prayers and well wishes,” Sanchez stated.