Durbin fills in as injured Harry Reid works from home
WASHINGTON (CNN) — Sen. Harry Reid won’t be coming in to work for his first day back as Senate minority leader, days after he suffered a bone-breaking fall.
Reid is working from home per doctors’ orders and a picture from his Twitter account showed him meeting with his leadership team at his home in Washington. The No. 2 Senate Democrat Dick Durbin of Illinois will assume Reid’s duties as majority leader on the Senate floor until he can return to the halls of Congress, Reid and Durbin’s spokesmen confirmed.
Reid suffered a concussion, broke three ribs and several bones in his face while exercising at his Nevada home late last week, Reid spokesman Adam Jentelson said in a statement. Reid’s office had not previously disclosed that he suffered a concussion.
“Senator Reid is in Washington but on orders from his doctors he will not come into the office so that his injuries can continue to heal,” Jentleson said in a statement.
“Despite his injuries, he has been working every day, holding meetings with fellow Senators and staff. Senator Reid has spoken with President Obama multiple times since his injury and will continue to keep a busy schedule,” Jentleson added.