Rep. Waxman Hospitalized
But House Democrat reportedly 'feeling much better now'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 1, 2009 12:35 PM CDT
Rep. Henry Waxman is seen at center in this photo from May 18, 2009.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A powerful House committee chairman with a central role in President Obama's global warming and health care legislation has been hospitalized. Democrat Henry Waxman was not feeling well yesterday and was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in his native Los Angeles for "routine testing," a spokeswoman said today.

She said that Waxman, 69, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, is "feeling much better now." She said his office had no further details to release. Waxman just finished steering the climate change legislation through a close House vote and has been gearing up to tackle health care later this summer.