After a short hospital stay on Tuesday evening, US. Sen Patrick Leahy, D-Vt, said Wednesday that he has a “clean health certificate” ”

He was back at the Capitol Wednesday morning to open a Senate session, he later told reporters in Washington, DC.that he had sought medical help late Tuesday after muscle spasms

Leahy, 80, said he was confident of serving the remainder of his term, which expires in two years, the eight-year-old senator said he has not yet decided whether to run again in 2022 – and will only end this one Decide the year

“You all know this: I won’t make up my mind until November or December of the previous year and won’t do it now”When we start skiing and snowshoeing, we usually talk about it,” Leahy told reporters, according to Politico

Last week after the Democrats took control of the Senate, Leahy was sworn in as president pro tempore of the Senate, finishing third for the presidency He took over the helm of the Senate Appropriations Committee earlier this week as he became chairman of the Senate impeachment proceedings against former President Donald Trump

At a press conference on Wednesday in Montpelier, the Republican government Phil Scott spoke about how he would deal with a hypothetical vacancy in the Vermont congressional delegation. State law provides that a special election be held within six months of a vacancy, and authorizes the governor to occupy the seat until then

Over the past year, Scott repeatedly answered questions about his approach to such a situation as the other U in the state Senator, Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, ran for president and then sought a position in President Joe Biden’s cabinet, the governor said his answer has not changed – and he would not nominate a Republican for a seat that is currently held by a Democrat is occupied

“When there is an opening in legislative seats or otherwise I would appoint someone from the same party, “he said

Scott also made it clear that he felt it was unlikely that he would be asked to make such a decision

“I think we are ahead of ourselves,” said the governor, “I don’t think this is necessary. And I hope we keep the Congress delegation in its current form for the next two years”

Xander Landen is VTDigger’s political reporter. Previously, he worked for Keene Sentinel on crime, courts, and local government. Xander started out on public radio writing and producing stories for NPR partners including WBUR in Boston and WNYC in New York during his tenure at WNYC, he contributed to an award-winning study of how law enforcement agencies protect wrongdoing records from the public. He is a graduate of Tufts University and his work has also been featured on PBS NewsHour and The Christian Science Monitor

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