21 July 2009

Byrd Returns to U.S. Senate, Casts Vote

U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd cast his first vote Tuesday since he was hospitalized for an infection more than nine weeks ago, The Associated Press reports.

The 91-year-old, in a wheelchair, sided against an amendment _ it prevailed 58-40 _ to a key defense policy bill.

Byrd "was hospitalized May 15 for an infection," AP reported. "His stint in the hospital was extended when he developed a more severe infection, but he was recently released," and "voted to extend production of F-22 fighter planes."

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