Democratic Sen. John Fetterman of Pennsylvania will return to the U.S. Senate next month the week of April 17, according to various media reports that cite unnamed sources. Politico cited two individuals with direct knowledge of the plan.
In mid-February, the lawmaker, who had only recently taken office in January, checked into Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to be treated for clinical depression. A statement released at the time by Fetterman’s chief of staff Adam Jentleson said that the senator had “experienced depression off and on throughout his life,” but that “it only became severe in recent weeks.”
According to the Associated Press, Fetterman’s communications director Joe Calvello indicated last week that the lawmaker would “be back soon, at least over a week, but soon.” Calvello also said the senator was getting daily in-person briefings from Jentleson, according to the outlet.
Fetterman, who suffered a stroke just before winning the Democratic primary last year, went on to win the Keystone State’s 2022 U.S. Senate race against GOP candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz, who had been backed by former President Donald Trump.
Fetterman had a pacemaker with a defibrillator implanted after the stroke, and he has suffered from auditory processing problems since the stroke.
Last month, before heading to Walter Reed, Fetterman had been taken to George Washington University Hospital due to lightheadedness, but he was released later the same week. “In addition to the CT, CTA, and MRI tests ruling out a stroke, his EEG test results came back normal, with no evidence of seizures,” a statement released by Calvello at the time noted.
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