Release Date

Posted October 3, 2007 at 6:39pm

Doctors at Virginia’s Inova Fairfax Hospital are expected to release Sen. John Warner (R-Va.) today, after admitting him Tuesday afternoon with an irregular heart beat, Warner’s office said. [IMGCAP(1)]

“The expectation remains that he will be home over the weekend and will resume working in the Senate next week,” according to a statement from his office released Wednesday.

Warner told his staff that he came through two medical procedures for the heart ailment “with flying colors,” the statement said.

“No one is to go home early, as we all have work to do,” Warner advised his staff.

On Wednesday, doctors performed a non-surgical ablation therapy to help Warner maintain a regular heart rate. Tuesday, Warner underwent another procedure called electrical cardioversion to correct his condition, known as atrial fibrillation.

Keep the Change. The select committee tasked with investigating an August voting snafu on the House floor has requested a $300,000 budget to fund its operations.

The Select Committee to Investigate the Voting Irregularities of August 2, 2007 would use the funds for office space, equipment and supplies, as well as support and professional staff and consultants assigned from legislative branch agencies, according to an Oct. 2 letter the panel’s members sent to Democratic and Republican leadership.

The committee also would continue to use the Rules Committee hearing room for its own meetings, the letter states.

The budget is significantly less than the $1 million House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) had sought for the panel last month, but the committee noted it could ask for additional funds in the future.

Court Delay. Sentencing for Carlos Greene, the man who crashed a sport utility vehicle through a security checkpoint and led police on a wild chase through the Capitol last year, has been delayed until November.

Greene had been scheduled to be sentenced last week, but he will now appear in U.S. District Court on Nov. 8, a court spokeswoman said. He is facing a minimum of five years in jail after pleading guilty in July to possession of cocaine, unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition, and assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest.

On Sept. 18, 2006, Greene crashed an SUV through a police barrier on the East Front. He then ran into the Capitol, leading police on a chase through multiple floors of the building before an Architect of the Capitol employee managed to hold him in a bear hug at the House Flag Office.

Once officers managed to subdue an uncooperative Greene, they found a Derringer .22 caliber pistol in his pants pocket and a substance that eventually was determined to be about 10 grams of crack cocaine.

— Emily Pierce, Jennifer Yachnin and Elizabeth Brotherton