June 22nd, 2009
06:37 PM ET
5 years ago

Byrd likely to remain hospitalized at least another week

WASHINGTON (CNN) - West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd's hospital stay will likely extend for at least another week, his office said Monday.

Byrd, a 91-year-old Democrat, entered the hospital on May 15 as a precautionary measure. A statement by his office three days later said he was
expected to be released "in a few days."

However, Byrd developed a staph infection while hospitalized, and his office said Monday he "continues to improve but remains in the hospital while he undergoes physical therapy and treatment for" the staph infection.

Byrd, a Democrat, "is not expected" to be in his office this week, according to the statement. It said Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington, will help fill in for Byrd by managing the chamber's consideration of the Homeland Security Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2010 this week.

"Sen. Byrd is resuming some of his official duties while recuperating, including signing several ... bills as president pro tempore of the Senate, and
working with staff on upcoming appropriations bills," the statement said.

Byrd was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1958, and is the chamber's longest-serving member.


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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. TDG

    For being the most trusted name in news, it would be nice if you'd check your facts before posting a story. Patty Murray is from Washington State while Jay Rockefeller is the other Democratic Senator from West Virginia.

    June 22, 2009 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  2. Rae

    Sen. Patty Murray is the Democratic Senator from Washingto; Sen. Jay Rockefeller is the other Democratic Senator from West Virginia.

    June 22, 2009 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  3. Fact Checker

    Patty Murray is not Byrd's fellow Democratic Senator from West Virginia. She is a Democratic Senator for the state of Washington; John D. Rockefeller is Byrd's fellow Democratic Senator from West Virginia. I am somewhat surprised CNN would have an error like this.

    June 22, 2009 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  4. Jason

    Double check your stories. Patty Murray is not Senator Byrd's "fellow Democratic Senator from West Virginia." She's from Washington State. Please get it right. I've seen this happen a few times already, but had to say something this time.

    June 22, 2009 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  5. Randall in Torrance - Desert Storm Veteran - Welcome to the end of the era of dumb ass Republicans and Stoopid Retards like Cheney and Bush in power

    Let's hope he lives another 91 years and serves as a Democrat in the Senate. America needs more senators like Byrd to fend off the Greedy Old Party (GOP) of NEVER. Hope to see you back on the hill soon Senator. Get well soon.

    June 22, 2009 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  6. DC Observer

    Gid love Senator Byrd and also Senator kennedy, but please tell me why we allow these two geriactrics to remainin office? There comes a time when retirement ought to be imposed. We have had a few relics in DC who simply cannot and should not be goerning in the Senate

    June 22, 2009 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  7. Ryan Wing

    Here's to a full recovery Senator Byrd!

    June 22, 2009 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  8. Brian

    Patty Murray is the senior senator from Washington, not West Virginia. I believe what you were trying to say is she is the second most senior Democrat on the Approps Committee, behind Senator Byrd.

    June 22, 2009 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  9. Jimmie

    The other Democratic Senator from West Virginia is Jay Rockefeller.

    June 22, 2009 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  10. Lauren

    Lucky him, he has health care insurance.

    June 22, 2009 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  11. Chris

    I would just like to point out that Patty Murray is the Senator from Washington State, not, as the post states from WV.

    June 22, 2009 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |