Democrats have called up their reserves as they try to eke out a victory on their massive climate change bill, including bringing a Member out of rehab and another back from rehabilitation.
Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) returned to the chamber Friday night, his first appearance there since undergoing back surgery early last week. Likewise, Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) also made a surprise appearance on the House floor on Friday. The Rhode Island lawmaker, who has had a long-running struggle with substance abuse, checked himself into rehab earlier this month.
And while some were coming back, others were declining to leave. Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-Calif.), confirmed by the Senate on Thursday night for a top State Department post, delayed resigning her seat, hanging back to preside over debate on the bill and cast a vote for it.
Correction: June 29, 2009
Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) returned to the chamber following back surgery, not heart surgery.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.