The Washington Times - December 10, 2012, 06:46PM

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye has been hospitalized while doctors regulate his oxygen intake, said his office Monday.

“For the most part, I am OK,” said the Hawaii Democrat, 88, in a statement released by his office Monday. “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. I will be back on the Hill as soon as my doctors allow it.”


He is at the  Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

Mr. Inouye serves as the Senate’s president pro tem, a constitutional position that puts him third in line for the presidency.

The senator fell last month and suffered a small cut to the back of his head. He didn’t lose consciousness but was taken to the Bethesda Naval Hospital as a precaution and treated and released. 

Mr. Inouye was elected to the House in 1959 — the same year Hawaii became a state — and has served in the Senate since 1962. He was a World War II combat veteran and earned the nation’s highest award for military valor, the Medal of Honor.