Sen. Chuck Grassley, Republican from Iowa, was rushed to the hospital recently, and as a result, he’ll be MIA for the evening votes on Tuesday. The 90-year-old is currently getting some strong antibiotics through an IV to combat an infection, according to his office. But don’t worry, folks! He’s reportedly in good spirits and raring to go back to work as soon as those doctors give him the green light.
Chuck Grassley, 90, hospitalized for an infection and will miss Senate votes https://t.co/E7JrE4L1AQ
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) January 17, 2024
It’s a bit concerning that there’s not much info on how serious his condition is or when he’ll be back on the Senate floor. Grassley is the oldest member of the Senate, and let’s not forget that Iowa just hosted the caucuses. With this prominent senator’s unexpected absence, things are looking a bit shaky over in the Capitol.
And that’s not all, folks! Another Republican, Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Barrasso from Wyoming, had some surgery of his own and is laying low in Wyoming for the time being. The 71-year-old had a successful abdominal laparoscopic surgery for an abdominal obstruction over the weekend, according to his office.
Barrasso seemed to be giving a shout out to the medical staff, his wife, and even the hospital’s exit door as he praised the “excellent care” he received. He’s recovering at home and plans to head back to D.C. as soon as his doctors give him the thumbs up. Let’s hope he doesn’t go all “House” and start diagnosing everyone with bizarre medical conditions while he’s stuck at home.
The Senate’s got some important business to handle this week, like passing a short-term continuing resolution to keep the government running through March. With two key Republicans out of the game temporarily, it’ll be interesting to see how things play out. Stay tuned, folks! This political soap opera is just getting started!