Ailing Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) will return to the Capitol on Thursday to cast a vote in favor of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday.
Byrd, 91 and the President Pro Tem, last appeared in the Capitol on July 21 when he cast a vote on the Defense authorization bill.
Sen. Byrd has never missed a vote on a nomination for a Supreme Court justice during his time in the Senate and will not break that tradition today, spokesman Jesse Jacobs said in a statement.
Byrd was released June 30 from the hospital after a six-week stay. He was initially admitted for a minor infection but later developed a staph infection.
Reid also told reporters Thursday that he hoped both Byrd and Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), who is battling brain cancer, will be healthy enough to return to work in September. Kennedy isnt expected to return Thursday to vote on Sotomayors confirmation, set to occur at 3 p.m.
We all know the health of Sen. Kennedy and Sen. Byrd is a concern, Reid said.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.