Barrasso to Miss a Week in Senate for Recovery

Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., will spend the week at his home in Casper following successful abdominal laparoscopic surgery for an abdominal obstruction.

“Bobbi and I are grateful to the doctors, nurses, and staff at Banner for their excellent care. I am doing well and was discharged from the hospital this morning. I’ll continue to recover at home in Casper this week. As soon as my doctors clear me for travel, I’ll return to D.C,” Barrasso, 71, wrote in a statement on Monday.

The surgery was performed over the weekend at Banner Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, Wyoming. 

The senior senator from Wyoming will need the rest as the Senate is expected to debate the government funding bill prior to Friday’s Jan. 19 deadline for the first set of bills needed to fund the government for the fiscal year. 

Recently, Barrasso joined fellow Republican Sens. Bill Cassidy, R-La., Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., in presenting legislation to ensure taxpayer dollars are not used to subsidize Medicaid benefits for illegal aliens. 

 “President Biden and the Democrats want to offer incentive after incentive for illegal immigrants to cross our southern border,” said Barrasso. “American taxpayers should never foot the bill for Biden’s handouts to those who break the law. Our bill stops liberal states from abusing Medicaid and using the money of hardworking Americans on illegal immigrants. Republicans will continue to fight against radical policies that fail to secure our border and keep the homeland safe.”

Barrasso, 71, has served in the U.S. Senate since 2007. He is the chair of the Senate Republican Conference and also serves as a ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

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