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Durbin to Fill In for Injured Reid as Senate Convenes (Updated)

(Courtesy Reid's Office)
(Courtesy Reid's Office)

Updated 11:33 a.m. | Incoming Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is working from his D.C. residence after sustaining a concussion and other injuries in a workout accident last week .  

“Senator Reid is in Washington but on orders from his doctors he will not come into the office so that his injuries can continue to heal. He has been diagnosed with broken bones in his face and three broken ribs, as well as a concussion,” spokesman Adam Jentleson said in a statement. “Despite his injuries, he has been working every day, holding meetings with fellow Senators and staff. Senator Reid has spoken with President Obama multiple times since his injury and will continue to keep a busy schedule in the coming days.”  

Democratic Whip Richard J. Durbin of Illinois will fill in for the Nevada Democrat during the opening proceedings on the Senate floor Tuesday. Reid had been expected back at the Capitol for the start of the 114th Congress at noon Tuesday. Now, Durbin will be wearing Reid’s hat temporarily.  

Reid was hospitalized overnight on Jan. 1  in Las Vegas, and was released the next day. At that point, spokeswoman Kristen Orthman said in a statement that “Senator Reid has been discharged from the University Medical Center hospital in Las Vegas and is headed to his home in Henderson. He will return to Washington this weekend to be ready for the Senate to convene on Tuesday.”  

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