Skip to comments.Sen. Wyden to have surgery for prostate cancer, will miss votes
Posted on 12/16/2010 4:40:15 PM PST by Second Amendment First
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) will undergo surgery next week to treat early-stage prostate cancer, forcing him to miss Friday's Senate session and parts of next week.
Wyden's impending absence threatens to significantly complicate Democrats' lame-duck agenda, as they'll be without a typically reliable vote in the Oregon Democrat. The upper chamber still needs to pass a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill, ratify the New Start nuclear treaty and repeal the militarys Dont ask, dont tell policy.
"I scheduled the surgery for the Monday before Christmas anticipating that the Senate would have recessed by that time and that there would be no disruption to my work in Oregon or Washington," Wyden said in a statement. "However, it now appears that I will be missing votes tomorrow and possibly next week while I prepare [for] and undergo this procedure. I expect to be back to work full-time when the Senate reconvenes in January."
Wyden was diagnosed with the early-stage cancer in late November.
After reviewing all the options with multiple physicians, I decided to take a proactive approach and have surgery, which will be performed Dec. 20 at Johns Hopkins Hospital, he said. Thanks to routine screening, this was diagnosed very early and I expect a full and speedy recovery.
Wyden will miss Fridays session of the Senate to undergo pre-surgery procedures. He will be out all day Monday, the day of the surgery, and perhaps most of Tuesday, according to an aide.
Republican filibusters and other delaying tactics have pushed the session right up until Christmas because Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) wants to pass as much of the Democratic agenda as possible before 2011.
Wydens absence could make it more difficult for Democrats to pass bills on those days.
Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.) said leaders are short two or three votes to pass the omnibus spending bill.
Reid also plans votes to ratify the START Treaty and repeal the militarys Dont ask, dont tell policy, which could be close votes.
Wydens absence on Friday is not likely to have much of an impact, as Senate aides expect the day to be spent reading the entire 1,924-page omnibus bill, which is expected to require as many as 50 hours.
Reid plans to bring the omnibus bill to the Senate floor at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Reid has threatened to keep the Senate working through Christmas and the New Year's holiday until Jan. 5, when new senators are sworn in and Republicans will take control of additional seats.
Best thoughts and prayers for a successful surgery and recovery for the Senator. Don’t agree with his politics, but I wouldn’t wish “The Big C” on anyone.
I am sure this was a DREAM Act Amnesty vote...so some good news for Americans....not to mean anything disparaging on the health of Wyden. America’s security and soverignity are tantamount....and any way to stop DREAM Act Illegal Alien Amnesty is needed
Wyden is an evil bastard..
My thoughts exactly!
Perhaps for Osama bin Laden or Ayman al-Zawahiri I would make an exception. But for very few others.
Agreed. But may it keep him out of commission just long enough. Or may it lead him to rethink a few things.
I hope the SOB gets obamacare! Hell with him and registered Democrats! We are at war and folks need to choose sides!
Sen. Wyden to have surgery for prostate cancer, will miss votes
Live long and proper Senator.
No matter how much I disagree with your politics.
Cancer sucks. I don't like his politics, but I pray God grants him a perfect healing.
I have a feeling Wyden will be laid up more than a couple of days.
I agree with you. Good points.
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