Sen. Daniel Akaka broke two ribs in a fall Monday at his residence in Alexandria, Va., spokesman Jesse Broder Van Dyke said Thursday.
The spokesman described the 86-year-old Hawaii Democrat’s fall as a minor accident, but it prevented the Indian Affairs chairman from overseeing a hearing Thursday. Akaka plans to return to work on Capitol Hill next week, possibly as soon as Monday.
Broder Van Dyke did not provide further details, and Akaka’s office does not plan to release a statement.
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.