Fall Sends Byrd to Hospital

Spokesman says Democratic senator will likely not be admitted
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 22, 2009 11:27 AM CDT
Robert Byrd in 2008.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Sen. Robert Byrd is at the hospital after a fall at his Northern Virginia home, the Washington Post reports. The 91-year-old West Virginia Democrat has been scarce at the Capitol recently after a previous hospitalization that ended in June. The longest-serving US senator ever “apparently stood up too fast this morning,” a spokesman says. “He was taken to the hospital where he is currently being checked out. At this point in time there is no indication that he will be admitted.”