After missing the opening of the Senate, a battered Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said in an online video message that Democrats would continue to fight for the middle class.
"We understand the rich are getting richer, the poor are getting poorer the middle class is being squeezed literally out of existence," Reid said." And we are going to do everything we can to fulfill the expectation the middle class has."
Reid, who is 75 and had a large bandage over his right eye, was speaking from his home in Washington, D.C. He missed the opening of the 114th Congress due to injuries he recently suffered while exercising at his home in Nevada, including a concussion.
A former boxer, Reid said he looked worse than he ever did during his days in the ring.
"I didn't get this black eye by sparring with Manny , by challenging Floyd Mayweather ... I was exercising in my new home and the doctors have told me I better take it easy," Reid said.
Reid said he had a "terrific meeting" with members of his leadership team this morning.
Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin, who is filling in for Reid on the floor during his absence, said he left the meeting encouraged about Reid's condition.
"I'd been told what his condition was, and I was pleasantly surprised that he really was strong and lucid and involved, engaged. It was like a meeting in his office, and so that was encouraging," the Illinois Democrat said. "Make no mistake: this was a serious trauma. Imagine going face first through a windshield of a car. That is what happened to him."
"He went through a lot, and he's a tough, tough fella, and he's bouncing back. But he's doing it carefully because he's been told by the doctor don't push too hard, too fast," Durbin said.
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