- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 27, 2010

SENATE

Byrd in hospital, seriously ill

Sen. Robert C. Byrd, who holds the record as the longest-serving member of Congress, is seriously ill in a Washington-area hospital.

The West Virginia Democrat’s office says the 92-year-old lawmaker has been in the hospital since late last week.

At first he was believed to be suffering from heat exhaustion and severe dehydration. But his office says in a statement doctors have examined Mr. Byrd and other medical conditions have developed. His condition is described as serious.

The statement does not name the hospital.

In November, Mr. Byrd broke the record for congressional service that had been set by Democrat Carl Hayden of Arizona, who served in the House and Senate from 1912 to 1969.

Mr. Byrd began his career in Washington in 1952 with his election to the House. His elevation to the Senate came six years later.

Mr. Byrd has been in frail health in recent years and was hospitalized three times in 2009. He has been confined to a wheelchair, but was present and voted “yes” for final Senate passage of the health care reform bill in March.

Mr. Byrd has been the longest-serving senator since June 2006 and was elected to an unprecedented ninth term in November 2006.

VICE PRESIDENT

Cheney reported feeling much better

One of Dick Cheney’s daughters says the hospitalized former vice president could go home on Monday after receiving medication to treat a fluid buildup related to his aggressive form of heart disease.

The 69-year-old, who has had five heart attacks, was admitted to George Washington University Hospital on Friday after experiencing discomfort. His last heart attack was in February.

Liz Cheney tells “Fox News Sunday” that her father is feeling better and hopes to be released on Monday.

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