As Washington continues to prepare for the inauguration, one member looks to fully recover from a health scare, while others are settling into new roles on a key committee.
Florida Rep. John Rutherford is expected to be released from the hospital in “the next several days” after the freshman congressman suffered an “acute digestive flare up,” according to his chief of staff, Kelly Simpson.
Rutherford has been recuperating at a hospital in Washington after he was taken out of the Capitol on a stretcher during House votes on Jan. 11.
The Florida Republican had suffered “significant discomfort” while just outside the floor.
Simpson said in a statement Wednesday that Rutherford is “much improved.”
“His doctors are pleased with his recovery, but continue to keep him in the hospital to eliminate all inflammation caused by the allergic reaction he experienced,” Simpson said. “Doctors are expected to release him some time over the next several days.”
After a 41-year career in law enforcement, Rutherford was elected in November to succeed Republican Rep. Ander Crenshaw in Florida’s 4th District.
Meanwhile, the House remains out of session as Washington prepares for Friday’s inauguration festivities. House Democrats take their “Make America Sick Again” slogan to the public once more Thursday in their continued fight against repealing the 2010 health care law, which has become the first order of business for Republicans in the new Congress.
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer and Assistant Leader James E. Clyburn will band together with Reps. Joseph Crowley and Linda T. Sánchez, the respective chairman and vice chairwoman of the Democratic caucus. Rep. Ben Ray Luján and Rep. Debbie Dingell are also slated to be there.
Over at the House Intelligence Committee, four new members were appointed in the new Congress. Republicans Rick Crawford of Arkansas, Trey Gowdy of South Carolina and Elise Stefanik of New York, plus Democrat Denny Heck of Washington are now on the panel.