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After Another Eye Surgery, Reid Due Back After Recess (Updated)

Reid held his usual Tuesday afternoon news conference. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Reid held his usual Tuesday afternoon news conference. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 3:18 p.m. | Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is next expected back at the Capitol when the Senate reconvenes after the Presidents Day recess.  

That’s after the Nevada Democrat underwent a second eye surgery on Wednesday, as part of the continued recovery from the New Year’s Day exercise injury that mangled his face and left significant damage to his right eye.  

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, the no. 3 Democratic leader, said Thursday afternoon that he had yet to speak with Reid since the most recent surgery.  

“I’ve talked to his wife and his daughter. He’s not taking calls yet, but … from what I’m told, the surgery went very well and he’s resting and recuperating,” the New York Democrat said, adding that Reid has “every expectation of being back when the recess is over.”  

Reid was at the Capitol earlier this week, attending Tuesday’s Democratic caucus lunch and meeting with reporters in the Ohio Clock Corridor after that.  

“Senator Reid was released from the hospital Wednesday evening and has been resting in his residence in Washington since. The surgery was completed Wednesday afternoon,” Reid spokeswoman Kristen Orthman said in a statement. “Doctors will continue to monitor his right eye and hope to have a clearer prognosis for his vision in the coming days.”  

“On doctor’s orders, Senator Reid will continue to rest his eye for the next few days but will be back in the office when the Senate reconvenes after the upcoming district work period,” Orthman said.  

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