June 30th, 2009
03:17 PM ET
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Sen. Byrd released from hospital

 Sen. Robert Byrd was released from the hospital Tuesday after a six week stay.
Sen. Robert Byrd was released from the hospital Tuesday after a six week stay.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Sen. Robert Byrd was released from the hospital Tuesday, after a six week stay that kept the 91-year-old West Virginia Democrat away from Capitol Hill.

A statement from Byrd's office said that he is "resting comfortably at home, where he will continue his recuperation and physical therapy." The statement did not say when the senator would return to work. The Senate is currently in recess for the Fourth of July holiday.

Byrd was hospitalized on May 15 with an infection and was expected to return to work after a few days. But the Senate's longest serving member developed a staph infection while being treated for his original infection.

Previous statements released by Byrd's office indicated that he was "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."

Byrd served in the House from 1953 to 1959 and moved across the Capitol to the Senate in 1959.


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soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. wakeupamerica

    Get better soon. God bless!

    June 30, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  2. The Real "No Incumbents 2010"

    Byrd is 91 years old. It is time for WV to retire him and give someone else a chance to serve. Bryd, Kennedy and Spector have turned the US Senate in the world's most expensive nursing home. Byrd thinks he is entitled to the job for life.

    June 30, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  3. KJL

    He's a tough old ......... Byrd.

    June 30, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  4. CaptainObvious

    Embalm him and get it over with. Term limits, please. The people of his state - and this country - deserve better than a stuffed owl for representation.

    June 30, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  5. Young at heart

    He doesn't look a day over 100...

    June 30, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  6. GI Joe

    He needs to resign – in fact, we need term limits and possibly age limits on our representatives. We seem to get stuck with people that are not up to the job, but their state keeps sending them back to rule the entire country.

    June 30, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  7. E. Wiggin

    Senator Byrd is an example of why age limits should be set for members of Congress. No way can this man make good decisions. He should step down for the good of everyone.
    E. Wiggin

    June 30, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  8. Mike

    Regardless of how fit an individual is, there should be an age limit on federal elected officials.

    June 30, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  9. A Free Thinking American

    He should die...not really, but watch the libs defend him to the death while wishing the demise of every Republican out there.

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Sen Byrd. As a Republican, I wish you the best health and speedy recovery.

    How's that for class you Democratic hate-spewers?

    Not one of you would ever raise your level of classiness to that if a Republican was sick, would you?

    June 30, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  10. Paul from Phoenix

    Term Limits.

    June 30, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  11. Bill

    I am glad Senator Bird will home with his family for the July 4, 2009 holidays.

    Senator Bird isn't it time you think about retiring?

    June 30, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  12. Diana NJ

    And this is the Health care that the Republicans say the American people like?? Heard too many stories like this.

    June 30, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  13. calvin

    mr. byrd you have been my sentor for a long time. due to your age and health please set down. thw Wv people thank you for your time and great help to the state. now is the time for you to look after yourself.

    June 30, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  14. Joyce Becker

    I am glad he will return to the Senate after the break, but he really should think of retiring.

    June 30, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  15. Paul from Kissimmee

    Not to be mean or anything, but shouldn't there be term limits, or age limits? I understand that he's serving our country, but 91 years old is a little much isn't it?

    June 30, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  16. Perry Milman

    Did he have a private room covered by medicare?

    June 30, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  17. Cliff

    Byrd is a good example of why both Houses should have term limits.
    Long ago, he reached his level of incompetence!

    June 30, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  18. Texas Teacher

    91 years old and STILL in our government? Give it a break! When will there be term limitations?! These old coots retard the movement toward change and only insure that we do not move forward politically! It's the 21st century! Do we really need the outdated ideas in philosophy of the EARLY 20th Century and a senile old man? I DON'T think SO! It is time for fresh blood in the Senate and ALL our governing offices!

    June 30, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  19. mk

    I really having nothing against an elected official serving office for mulitple terms but this guy has taken it to the exteme. Time for him to resign.

    June 30, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  20. Texas Teacher

    And I'm a Democrat! I just think it is time for CHANGE! We need fresh blood and current ideas... not a dotering old man helping to run our country! I am sure there is a well qualified Democrat that can be found to take his place!

    June 30, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  21. Kaye -Jacksonville FL

    Hey, the guy has earned our national respect for endurance – but am I the only one who thinks he should probably call it quits and let the Gov appoint someone who can carry the torch? I doubt he'll be back on the Senate floor anytime soon and his caucus needs a fully participating member...

    June 30, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  22. Chris from Texas

    Age Limit sounds like a good idea. Senator Byrd needs to retire for the sake of his family and his health. It would be good for him anyway. Let's hope he recovers very well. God Bless Him.

    June 30, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  23. Kiss

    I am glad to hear that the Mr. Byrd is out of the hospital and resting, but there really should be term limits. He really should think about retiring.

    June 30, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  24. U.S. Common Sense

    We wish the Senator well, and we wish that he vacates his seat in the next election to let someone younger/healthier take over.

    June 30, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  25. Joe in Austin

    What the heck. With 99 excellent senators, this one can just fill the seat 'til he's 100!

    June 30, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
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