Morning Business: Byrd Still Sidelined

Posted June 8, 2009 at 6:35pm

Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) remains hospitalized with an infection and will not return to the Capitol this week, according to a statement issued by his office Monday.

[IMGCAP(1)]“Senator Byrd continues to recover from a staph infection in the hospital,— the statement said. “He is not expected to return to Capitol Hill this week but is in daily contact with his staff.—

The release noted that Byrd received well wishes from the outgoing class of Senate pages, as well as from Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), who has not voted in the Senate since April 2 as he continues to receive treatment for brain cancer.

It was unclear at press time whether Kennedy planned to make an appearance on the Hill this week.

Byrd, 91, was admitted May 15 for a mild infection, and in the weeks since his hospitalization, the ailing Senator developed a staph infection.