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.
James Jones, communications director for DC Vote, tapes a "DC Constituents Service Day" sign on the wall as he stands with other DC residents outside of Rep. Andy Harris's office on Capitol Hill to protest Harris' actions against D.C.'s marijuana laws on Thursday, July 24, 2014. DC Vote encouraged DC residents to bring their complaints about city services to the Maryland congressman.