June 30th, 2009
03:17 PM ET
5 years ago

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. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    Sen Byrd it's time to retire, give it up. This is good example why the Senate and Congress need term limited

    June 30, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  2. T.G.

    Why is he still in the Senate? He need to retire from politics before he retire from life.

    June 30, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  3. jt

    And the democrats say McCain is too old...

    get well mr. byrd.

    June 30, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    He needs to retire. A 91 year old senator seems a bit out of touch if not senile.

    June 30, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  5. steve

    the old fool should go home.
    When in the hell has he been in touch with what is going on.

    June 30, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  6. Barbara Independent in NY

    Is it really fair to the people of West Virginia that they be represented by someone that is not capable of being present in order to vote on all of the important bills that need to be passed at this time? This man needs to stop being so selfish and retire.

    June 30, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  7. James M. Holmes

    I think the constitution is backwards...

    House members should be able to serve as many terms as their constituants want, but the Senate should have the two term limits...

    The Senate is were all the "bottle-necks" in regards to legislation and too many of the only 100 Senators nationwide have been in way too long and are too corrupt...

    The House represents the people, they should be able to stay as long as they are still serving their people... the Senate is nothing but the billionaires club who only serve themselves... They should be subject to term limits!

    Sen Byrd... glad you are OK, but please step down and give some new ideas a chance...

    June 30, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  8. bozo the obama

    Retry...America was a lot better off with him and Teddy in the hospitals.

    June 30, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  9. Husman

    Term and Age limit to sanitize the senate from the doldrums of the past century.I am not surprise that the senate is the bestion of what is not America.TERM LIMIT PLEEEEAAASSSSEEEE.....

    June 30, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  10. jmg

    "a free thinking american" – you have some nerve calling people 'democratic hate spewers" mere sentences after starting your post with "he should die"...regardless of whether you so un-classily followed it up with 'not really' means nothing – check yourself ignoramous.

    get well soon Senator Bird – West Virginians are all thinking of you.

    June 30, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  11. d1120

    Forget term limits....they're unconstitutional...go after the idiots who keep re-electing him.

    June 30, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  12. JA/TN

    Without all do respect, you reah the ripe age of seventy five, it is time to go home write, rock the grands, plant a garden, advise, America's employment rate would improve

    June 30, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  13. Sarge in Florida

    Re Perry: Why would he need medicare when all leaders in congress have the best heathcare coverage paid for by the tax payers...Where have you've been lately. That's why the Repuklicans don't care if we have 45+ million people without insurance. It's us who pay for the people who have no health coverage with higher costs and less coverage. I total agree with some of the comments that there SHOULD be TERM limits. God knows that he is way too old to serve and we need fresh young blood in congress who are up with the times. Not living in the 19th or 20th century.

    June 30, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  14. Jeff Brown

    God Bless and get well soon Senator Byrd!

    June 30, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  15. Andrew

    Se. Byrd, we've done noble for our nation; a service you loved for a nation you cherish. Please consider retiring as soon as possible. Your health and age are crying for rest.

    June 30, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  16. Fed up with low morals in SC

    At age 91 Byrd needs to stay home not only to recuperate but to sit in his rocking chair on the front porch. He can be just as much help by waving at people as they pass by than feeling a chair in the Senate. He is too old and from the way he looks and acts he is a liability. I am glad he has lived to be 91 but his time is over and he needs to stay home and smell the roses before it is too late and he is no longer able to smell from the grave. Anyone as oild as that is not good for our coun try. People his age do not always have good circulation and bklood may not be getting to his brain as well to enable him to make good decisions. Please retire him.

    June 30, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  17. Henry Miller

    Good. Now quit pressing your luck and retire.

    June 30, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  18. Zero.

    EX-Perts? Pert-aining to what? Ex-comunicate. Explain???

    June 30, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  19. ron

    grandpa should be at home cleaning his teeth not making laws and making new policy. What a joke the US system is.

    June 30, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  20. Ridgeway

    He was released last week. Someone just told him.

    June 30, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  21. Jeff in Virginia

    Term limits, anyone?

    4 terms in the senate (24 years!) should be long enough for anybody.

    June 30, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  22. gt

    the old face of the democrat senate ,,, byrd ..the new,,, face.... al franken ...gulp...........

    June 30, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  23. Wakeupcnnposters

    Term limits in Congress will slow down Congress; think we're efficient now? No? Yeah, it will only get worse. It takes a long time to work out the ins and outs of Congress so for all you ignorant morons basing you're arguments off one person, please, stop voting, you're ruining it for the rest of us.

    June 30, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  24. Hugo

    Dinosaur.... Every highway in WV is named after this guy. This is the shining example of a career politician that has made a career out milking the tax payer. Dodd, Kennedy, Byrd, Kerry, McCain, Pelosi, Frank, Waxman and the list goes on and on regardless of party affiliation. CLEAN HOUSE IF YOU WISH ANY PORTION OF OUR COUNTRY BACK IN 2010 AND 2012!

    June 30, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  25. Ennis, LA

    50 years in the Senate is enough. He should resign if he cannot
    resume his duties for the state of West Virginia. A new election is
    also called for in Minn. and stop the silly marathon there. Let the
    voters choose and not judges or canvassing boards!

    June 30, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
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