Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-HI) speaks alongside Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) after the Senate and House reached an agreement on the $789 billion economic stimulus package on Capitol Hill in Washington on February 11, 2009. The bill includes increased unemployment benefits, money for states that face budget deficits and preserves President Obama's requested tax cut. Both Houses are expected to vote on the new package in the coming days. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)
Published: Dec. 11, 2012 at 1:44 AM
WASHINGTON, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, said Monday he is "OK" after being hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center outside Washington.
Inouye, 88, the longest-serving member of the current Senate, has been at Walter Reed since Thursday, NBC News reported. Doctors are working to regulate his oxygen intake, and he has been seen recently on the Capitol grounds with a portable oxygen supply, NBC said.
"For the most part, I'm OK. Much to my frustration, I have to remain in the hospital for my own safety and to allow the necessary observation. I will be back on the Hill as soon as my doctors allow it," Inouye said in a statement. He was first elected to the Senate in 1963.