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
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Retype Email:
Zip Code:
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Rubio Showing Growing D.C. Donor Base

Sunday, 20 Apr 2014 16:35 PM

Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio hasn't brought in the most money of any potential 2016 presidential candidate during . . .

GOP Making Bold Play for US Senate Seat in Oregon

Sunday, 20 Apr 2014 11:28 AM

The GOP is making a bold play for a U.S. Senate seat in reliably Democratic Oregon, where a Republican hasn't been elect . . .

Viguerie: Time for Tea Party to Take Back 'Hijacked' Republican Party

Saturday, 19 Apr 2014 21:00 PM

Tea party conservatives who are angry at establishment Republicans for allowing the GOP to be hijacked need to "take o . . .

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