Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) “will remain in a Sioux Falls, S.D., hospital a few more days but is expected to make a full recovery from gallbladder surgery,” the AP reports.
Doctors at Avera McKennan Hospital said Wednesday that Johnson remained on an antibiotic but was doing well and feeling better.
The South Dakota Democrat says he has been up and moving around his room and looks forward to getting home.
Doctors have said “they do not believe Johnson’s current ailments are related to a life-threatening brain hemorrhage he suffered about four years ago.”
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The Senate will “convene briefly on Thursday for a short session to pass a border security measure,” The Hill reports.
A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said that the Senate would go back to work tomorrow to unanimously pass a $600 million border security bill, and a resolution honoring the late Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska).
The Senate would meet, said Reid spokesman Jim Manley, "for the sole purpose of receiving and passing by consent H.R. 6080, border security, and a resolution on the death of Senator Stevens. This will be an extremely short session as we will just be doing these two items."
Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) will preside over the session. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) will offer the unanimous consent requests.
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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “pleaded with senators on Wednesday to back a new arms control treaty with Russia, saying a delay in ratification could hurt U.S. security and create dangerous uncertainty over broader nuclear control efforts,” Reuters reports.
Clinton said she was confident that reluctant Republicans would eventually swing behind the new START treaty when they vote in mid-September, saying the nuclear pact was too important to fall victim to U.S. election-year politics.
"Once the new START treaty is ratified and enters into force, it will advance our national security and provide stability and predictability between the world’s two leading nuclear powers," Clinton said in a statement.
The new START treaty — one of the central planks of the Obama administration’s nuclear policy — has run into choppy waters in the Senate, where only one Republican has come out in favor of ratification.
The treaty “requires 67 votes to clear the Senate, meaning at least eight Republican votes will be needed for it to become law.”
Senator Jon Kyl, the number two Republican in the Senate, said he would seek at up to $10 billion more to modernize the U.S. nuclear force — a demand which could be difficult to meet by the end of the year.
Clinton said that despite this, the administration had indications that the treaty would ultimately win "much more bipartisan support" as senators ponder the alternatives.
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Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) “said he’ll ‘have to see’ whether he wants President Obama to campaign with him this fall,” The Hill reports.
Bennet, fresh off a primary victory over former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff (D) last night, said it was too soon to say whether or not he wanted Obama to campaign with him.
"We’ll have to see," the freshman senator said on "Good Morning America" when asked if he wanted Obama to come to Colorado to campaign.
"We’ll obviously do what’s right for the campaign. He’s been a huge help and I appreciate his endorsement," Bennet said. "And we’ll see what happens between now and November."
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Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) “questioned on Tuesday how Hispanics could be Republicans,” POLITICO reports.
Speaking with Hispanic supporters Tuesday at Hermandad Mexicana in Las Vegas, Reid took several shots at Republicans, blaming them for the fact that comprehensive immigration reform has not yet been passed.
“I don’t know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican, OK,” Reid said, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
“Do I need to say more?” he asked.
Questioned directly why he has not been able to reform the immigration system during his time as Senate Majority Leader, Reid responded flatly: “Republicans.”
He then charged that Republicans had “stepped out of the real world for a couple of years” in not recognizing the importance of immigration reform.
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