Byrd's recovery good news for Senate Dems

June 16, 2009 at 10:38 AM
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WASHINGTON, June 16 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., is recovering nicely from a recent staph infection and is feeling fit enough to begin physical therapy, his office said.

Byrd's good medical report is good news for his Senate colleagues, who need every vote possible to pass healthcare and energy reforms this session, Politico reported Tuesday.

"Sen. Byrd has begun a round of physical therapy in anticipation of being released from the hospital in the near future," a spokesman said in a statement. "His spirits are extremely high, and he continues to appreciate the well wishes from all."

Byrd will discuss the Homeland Security appropriations bill with his staff this week, but won't attend a mark-up session at the Capitol on Wednesday, the 91-year-old senator's office said.

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