(CNN) – Daniel Inouye, the Medal of Honor-winning World War II veteran who represented Hawaii in the Senate for five decades, has died at age 88, his office announced Monday.
Inouye had been hospitalized for "respiratory complications" after starting treatment to regulate his oxygen intake last week, his spokesman, Peter Boylan, told CNN earlier Monday.
(CNN) – Longtime Hawaii Sen. Daniel Inouye remained hospitalized Monday at a Washington-area military facility, where he is stable but suffering from "respiratory complications," according to his spokesman.
Peter Boylan said the complications stemmed from procedures initiated last week to regulate Inouye's oxygen intake, and that there was "no time table for his release."
(CNN) – Sen. Daniel Inouye, who has represented Hawaii in Congress since its statehood, was at a Washington-area military hospital on Monday where his oxygen levels were monitored, he said in a statement.
"For the most part, I am OK. However, I am currently working with my doctors to regulate my oxygen intake," the Democrat said. "Much to my frustration, while undergoing this process, I have to remain in the hospital for my own safety and to allow the necessary observation."
Washington (CNN) - Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, who oversees Senate spending bills as chairman of the appropriations committee, announced Tuesday a two-year moratorium on earmarks.
Despite his long support for such congressionally directed spending, Inouye acknowledged that with President Obama and the Republican-controlled House opposed to earmarks, it would be fruitless for the Senate to include them in its bills.
(CNN) – No matter what happens to Hawaii's Daniel Inouye tonight in his re-election bid, this just kinda blows you away.
Hawaii has been a state for 51 years. Inouye has been Hawaii's senator for all but three of those 51 years.
Before that, he served as the new state's first congressman.
Washington (CNN) - Sen. Daniel Inouye, the chairman of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, is the latest signatory to a letter calling on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to pass a health care public option using reconciliation, his office confirmed to CNN.
The letter, penned by Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colorado and co-signed by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, Jeff Merkley, and Sherrod Brown, was released last Tuesday. It now has 23 signatories, all of whom are Democrats. The letter is chiefly promoted by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee.
Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow also signed the letter on Monday, according to her office. Stabenow has long supported a public option and is a member of the Senate Finance Committee. Three other Finance Committee members have signed the letter.
The White House unveiled a health care proposal Monday that does not include a public option.