Blumenthal says he’ll be back in DC next week after ‘successful’ leg surgery

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., arrives for a vote on Gina Haspel to be CIA director, on Capitol Hill, Thursday, May 17, 2018 in Washington. The Senate confirmed Haspel as the first female director of the CIA following a difficult nomination process that reopened an emotional debate about brutal interrogation techniques in one of the darkest chapters in the spy agency's history. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Blumenthal says he’ll be back in DC next week after ‘successful’ leg surgery

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) will be discharged from the hospital on Monday and be back in Washington, D.C., for votes next week, his office said on Sunday.

The 77-year-old Connecticut senator suffered a fractured femur over the weekend in the UConn Huskies victory parade in Hartford, Connecticut, when an individual in the procession tripped and fell on top of him from behind. The Huskies won the Men’s NCAA Basketball National Championship last Monday.

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On Sunday, Blumenthal received surgery at Stamford Hospital in Connecticut to “repair the fracture in the upper femur and a couple of pins were inserted to ensure that it heals properly,” a spokeswoman for Blumenthal told the Washington Examiner. She added that the surgery was “completely successful.”

Blumenthal himself appeared to be in good spirits after the surgery, tweeting that he has already started physical therapy.

“I’ve already started physical therapy, but I won’t be marching in any parades for a couple of weeks—although Quinnipiac, you’d better believe I’ll still be the loudest one at your celebration! And I’m happy to report that I’m planning to be back in DC for votes next week,” Blumenthal wrote.

Blumenthal is currently serving his third term in the Senate after two decades as Connecticut’s attorney general. The Senate is in recess until April 17.

Democrats currently control the chamber by a 51-49 margin, meaning that one absent lawmaker could give Republicans an opportunity to block President Joe Biden’s nominees and legislative efforts. The chamber has been beset by absences of members from both parties in recent months, complicating Democrats’ ability to push certain priorities through the chamber and underscoring just how tenuous their majority is.

Sen. John Fetterman (D-PA) will return to work when the current recess ends, which comes after a six-week hospital stay for in-patient depression treatment that kept him from the chamber. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has been absent due to medical troubles since March, and her team has yet to say if she will be back at work when the Senate reconvenes next week.

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On the GOP side, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was missing for most of March after suffering a fall that resulted in a two-week rehab stay. He is expected to return to the Senate after the recess.

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