Senator Ben Ray Lujan says he feels well after stroke and vows to vote Biden to Supreme Court

Senator Ben Ray Lujan says he feels well after stroke and vows to vote Biden to Supreme Court

Sen. Ben Ray Lujan said he was “on the road to recovery” in a video message Sunday, where he was first seen since suffering a stroke late last month.

The New Mexico Democrat, 49, thanked well-wishers and his doctors in a video featuring two members of his medical team.

He vowed to return to the Senate “in a few more weeks” after a stay in an inpatient rehab facility, adding that he would return for a critical vote on President Joe Biden’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

“Let me start by expressing my gratitude for the support my family and I have received from all over New Mexico and all over America,” Lujan said. “Your prayers, your words, your daily videos, your words of encouragement were so encouraging and gave me so much strength.”

‘I’m fine. I am strong. I’m back on the road to recovery. And I’m going to make a full recovery. I’m going to go out and beat it and I’ll be stronger when I get out.”

The news of Lujan’s stroke, which was released by his office five days after he was hospitalized for it, took Capitol Hill by surprise. At 49, the Democrat freshman is in a younger position in the House, with an average age of about 63.

He received immediate bipartisan support and good wishes, including from the White House.

Lujan released a nearly six-minute video on Twitter in which he thanked his medical team, supporters, and vowed to his constituents that he would return to the Senate within weeks.

Lujan released a nearly six-minute video on Twitter in which he thanked his medical team, supporters, and vowed to his constituents that he would return to the Senate within weeks.

But some also wondered how his absence would affect the advancement of Biden’s agenda, with the Senate split 50-50 between Republicans and Democrats.

Luhan dispelled all concerns in his Sunday video.

“I am proud to announce that in just a few weeks, I will be returning to the floor of the United States Senate to vote on important legislation and consider the nomination of the Supreme Court,” he said.

“Now rest assured, the people of New Mexico can know that they will have a voice and a voice during this process.”

Late last month, Liberal Justice Stephen Breuer announced he was retiring after almost three decades on the Supreme Court.

This gave Biden the opportunity not only to appoint a younger and more progressive judge to the court, but also to fulfill a campaign promise to appoint the first black female justice of the Supreme Court.

While some Republicans have indicated their willingness to work with Biden to find and vet a future judge, others such as conservative Texas Senator Ted Cruz have criticized Biden’s decision to treat black female candidates only as “offensive” identity politics.

At 49, the freshman senator is among the youngest members of the House, with an average age of 63.  Earlier this month, his office announced that he had been hospitalized with a stroke almost a week before.

At 49, the freshman senator is among the youngest members of the House, with an average age of 63. Earlier this month, his office announced that he had been hospitalized with a stroke almost a week before.

He vowed to return to the Senate to give Mexicans

He vowed to return to the Senate to give Mexicans “a voice” in the process of replacing outgoing Liberal Justice Steven Breyer (seated from left: Associate Justice Samuel Alito, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John Roberts, Associate Justice Stephen Breyer and Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor (standing, left to right: Associate Referee Brett Kavanaugh, Associate Referee Elena Kagan, Associate Referee Neil Gorsuch and Associate Referee Amy Coney Barrett)

But thanks to Senate rule changes in 2013, Democrats need a simple majority of 51 votes to approve a judge. This means that even if the candidate did not win the support of the Republican Party, the Democratic general vote in favor, followed by a tie-break by Vice President Kamala Harris, would push them to the brink.

Dr. Diana Green-Chandos, a neurologist, said in Sunday’s video that Lujan had undergone brain surgery to reduce intracranial pressure.

Both doctors present praised the senator for his strength and commitment to recovery.

The celebratory messages from Lujan’s congressional colleagues began to arrive immediately after the New Mexico Democrat posted his positive, powerful message on Twitter.

Democratic Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii noted that his colleague spent much of the nearly six-minute video expressing his gratitude.

“This is absolutely fantastic news for New Mexico and for the country. I’m amazed at how much time he takes to thank everyone in this video,” Schatz wrote on the platform;

“Ben Ray Luhan is one of the best people ever to put the word ‘noble’ in front of his name. We look forward to meeting you BRL.

Senator Ben Ray Lujan says he feels well after stroke and vows to vote Biden to Supreme Court Senator Ben Ray Lujan says he feels well after stroke and vows to vote Biden to Supreme Court Senator Ben Ray Lujan says he feels well after stroke and vows to vote Biden to Supreme Court Senator Ben Ray Lujan says he feels well after stroke and vows to vote Biden to Supreme Court Senator Ben Ray Lujan says he feels well after stroke and vows to vote Biden to Supreme Court The New Mexico Democrat's colleagues immediately sent their well wishes upon learning of his recovery.

The New Mexico Democrat’s colleagues immediately sent their well wishes upon learning of his recovery.

Their counterpart, Senator Tina Smith of Minnesota, also praised Luhan’s character.

“It’s great to see that my colleague, Senator Ben Ray Lujan, is on the road to recovery and, as always, is taking the opportunity to help others,” Smith said.

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Maine said, “We’re all looking forward to your return, Ben Ray!”

Rep. Melanie Stansbury, Lujan’s colleague on the New Mexico congressional delegation, said she “can’t wait” for him to be back with voters.

“So grateful that Senator Lujan is on the mend and for the wonderful care he has received from the people of New Mexico! Senator, we can’t wait to see you back on the trail in New Mexico and beyond! Stansbury said.

Progressive Rep. Joe Negus of Colorado tweeted, “Grateful to my good friend and our neighbor down south @SenatorLujan feeling better and on his way to recovery… Get well soon Senator!”

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