Democrats Wonder When Lautenberg Will Return

Tuesday, 16 Apr 2013 02:19 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
As Democrats scramble to come up with votes to pass new gun-control legislation, some are starting to wonder when Sen. Frank Lautenberg will be back at work.

The 89-year-old New Jersey Democrat has been away from the Senate for several weeks dealing with complications following cancer treatments he received several years ago, reports The New York Times.

Aides say Lautenberg, who is the oldest member of the Senate, will try to return to Washington when voting begins on the gun control measures, which could happen within days.

Lautenberg has been undergoing extensive physical therapy to deal with the long-term consequences of chemotherapy, which has left him using a wheelchair. He was diagnosed with stomach cancer three years ago.

Democrats worry that Lautenberg's health could have an impact on more than just the gun control vote. The senator plans to retire at the end of this session, but if that happens early, Republican Gov. Chris Christie would likely appoint a Republican to fill out the remainder of his term through the end of the year. That would leave Democrats with a majority of 52, not 53 seats in the Senate.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Retype Email:
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Alaska Senate Hopefuls Pull Ads Mentioning Deaths

Tuesday, 02 Sep 2014 19:15 PM

Television ads in Alaska's U.S. Senate race have been pulled by the two major party candidates after complaints from the . . .

Rob Maness Maintains Challenge to Landrieu's La. Residency

Tuesday, 02 Sep 2014 19:03 PM

A tea party candidate for the U.S. Senate in Louisiana told Newsmax TV on Tuesday that he's not finished trying to get t . . .

Ramesh Ponnuru: GOP's Lack of Defining Agenda May Be Mistake

Tuesday, 02 Sep 2014 15:14 PM

With elections looming in November, Republicans are counting on President Barack Obama's unpopularity to deliver them co . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved