Health News

Posted July 29, 2003 at 6:10pm

House Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) underwent successful prostate surgery Monday, according to a statement issued by his office.

The surgery, which was performed at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, came less than a week after Blunt announced he had been diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer.

[IMGCAP(1)] “Congressman Blunt is in great spirits and is looking forward to getting back to work soon,” said Blunt spokeswoman Burson Taylor. “He expects to be in Southwest Missouri over the August district work period and to be back in Washington when Congress reconvenes.”

The 53-year-old lawmaker had a kidney and a cancerous tumor removed last year, though his doctors have said the prostate problem is unrelated.

Before the surgery, Blunt said he expected to be back up to speed soon. The Whip is slated to attend events in his district and some fundraisers for colleagues in late August, and he said he has every intention of meeting those commitments.

Side Door. Visitors to the House Finance Office, in Room 263 of the Cannon Building, will not be allowed in the front door anytime soon.

Construction in the room has temporarily closed the main entrance, but a new side door will provide access to staff who need to meet with financial counselors or drop off human resources forms.

Posted signs will direct visitors to the side entrance, according to a “Dear Colleague” from House Chief Administrative Officer Jay Eagen.

Support services are also available in the First Call office in the Longworth House Office Building, Room B-227, and additional financial counselors are in B-241 Longworth.

False Alarm. Two fire alarms malfunctioned in the Library of Congress’ James Madison Building on Tuesday morning.

Architect of the Capitol spokeswoman Eva Malecki said the incident occurred because of “an internal malfunction in the system.”

Staffers were cleared from the building for safety reasons after the first alarm went off shortly after 7 a.m., followed by a second before 9 a.m.

— Ben Pershing and Jennifer Yachnin