- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 20, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Harry Reid returned to the U.S. Capitol Tuesday after missing the first two weeks of the new session with major injuries from an exercise accident.

The Senate’s top Democrat has broken bones in his face and fractured ribs suffered when a piece of exercise equipment broke and sent him barreling into cabinets at his new home in Nevada.

“Not bad,” Reid said when reporters asked how he’s feeling. He said his injured right eye is “doing better.”

Reid was greeted with extended applause and a standing ovation as he entered a meeting of fellow Democrats.

“Poor man has been chompin’ at the bit at home. He can’t watch TV. He can’t read because of his eye,” said Democratic Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois. “And so he’s been listening to our retreat and conferences, following by telephone what’s going on in the cloak room and on the floor. It was great to have him back.”

The 75-year-old Reid has said the injuries won’t prevent him from running for a sixth term next year.

A photograph of Reid sitting at his desk was posted on his Twitter account Tuesday morning. He has a patch covering his right eye and facial bruising.

Reid aides said he won’t attend President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night.

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