Reid likely to return to Senate next week

WASHINGTON — Sen. Harry Reid is likely to return to the Capitol next week after missing the first two weeks of the Senate while recuperating from injuries suffered in a home accident, aides confirmed Wednesday.

Reid, D-Nev., broke ribs, endured a concussion and broke bones in his face when a piece of exercise equipment failed and snapped him back into cabinet furniture on New Year’s Day at his home in Henderson.

Reid said last week the accident had cost him vision in his right eye. He said doctors were hopeful it would return but full recovery of his vision was “not anything that is a slam dunk.”

“He is likely to come back next week,” a Senate Democratic aide said. One aide told The Associated Press that Reid would not be returning without permission from his doctors.

Reid was last seen in a video his office posted Jan. 6 on YouTube. It showed him wearing a bandage over his right eye with bruising visible around it, and bruising along the right side of his jaw.

The Senate returns to session Tuesday, with a scheduled vote related to the Keystone XL pipeline project. That night, President Barack Obama is scheduled to deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress.

Contact Stephens Washington Bureau Chief Steve Tetreault at or 202-783-1760. Find him on Twitter: @STetreaultDC.


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