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Florida Republican Rep. Greg Steube injured in tree-cutting accident

Injuries are ‘serious’ but ‘not life threatening at this time’

Rep. Greg Steube, R-Fla., speaks during a Republican Study Committee press conference on the budget on May 19, 2021.
Rep. Greg Steube, R-Fla., speaks during a Republican Study Committee press conference on the budget on May 19, 2021. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Florida Rep. Greg Steube spent the night in the intensive care unit after falling about 25 feet from a tall ladder. The Republican is in good spirits, though “several serious injuries are still under assessment,” according to a tweet from his official account.

The injuries are “not life threatening at this time,” the tweet added.

Steube fell from the ladder while cutting tree branches at his Sarasota property on Wednesday afternoon and was taken to an area hospital.

“He is making progress,” according to the Twitter thread. “Thank you to all who continue to pray.”

Speaker Kevin McCarthy said he talked to his fellow Republican and his wife on Friday morning.

“Our entire conference prays for a swift recovery,” McCarthy tweeted. “I informed him he will serve on the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government, and he is eager to get back to work!”

First elected in 2018, Steube served as an Army captain before he was elected to the state legislature and then to Congress. A member of the Judiciary and Foreign Affairs committees in the 117th Congress, he was named last week to the Ways and Means Committee. 

Steube, 44, drew attention last year during a Judiciary Committee hearing that he was joining via video from home when he showed off some guns and high-capacity magazines and said that at his house, “I can do whatever I want with my guns.”

A strong supporter of former President Donald Trump, Steube received an endorsement from Trump last year that noted his 2021 home run at the annual Congressional Baseball Game. 

With a slim, four-vote majority, every vote counts for Republicans, and absences could create challenges for House Republican leadership. 

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