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Senate Majority Leader Reid in Hospital After Feeling Ill (1)

December 20, 2013

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid went to a hospital today after feeling ill, his spokesman said. Tests showed that “everything is normal” though he will remain in the hospital for observation, the spokesman said.

“Senator Reid called me this morning,” second-ranking Senate Democrat Dick Durbin said on the Senate floor today. “He sounded good, and we look forward to his speedy recovery.”

Durbin of Illinois said he will act in Reid’s place as the U.S. Senate conducts a series of votes today, including on confirmation of John Koskinen to be commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service and advancing the nomination of Janet Yellen to be chairman of the Federal Reserve.

Reid spokesman Adam Jentleson said in a statement that the majority leader, 74, felt ill early this morning “and as a precaution decided to go to the hospital.”

“Tests have been conducted and everything is normal,” Jentleson said. “He is alert, resting and feeling better.”

Jentleson added, “Doctors have asked that he remain in the hospital for observation so he will not be working today.”

Reid, a Nevada Democrat, suffered a mild stroke in August 2005 while in his hometown of Searchlight, Nevada. He was hospitalized in October 2012 with minor injuries when his motorcade was involved in an accident in Las Vegas.

In May 2011, Reid fell while running in Washington and dislocated his right shoulder.

To contact the reporter on this story: Kathleen Hunter in Washington at khunter9@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jodi Schneider at jschneider50@bloomberg.net


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