The (Bloomberg) Senator Kevin Cramer, a Republican from North Dakota, said on Wednesday that he will be unable to vote this week due to a significant yard labor accident that could necessitate amputating a finger.
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According to a statement from his office, the 61-year-old legislator needed immediate surgery and there is a significant risk of infection. The senator won’t be able to vote in the Senate this week as a result. That indicates that his opinions regarding a historic gun safety bill—the first in thirty years—will not be formally recorded.
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The accident brings to light the Senate’s precarious balance, where the Republican and Democratic party caucuses are evenly split with 50 votes each. Due to Vice President Kamala Harris’s tie-breaking vote, Democrats continue to have the majority on the committee gavels and the floor agenda.
Democrats had been without a majority for many weeks this year due to the absence of Senators Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico and Chris Van Hollen of Maryland who were both recovering from strokes and the quarantine of many other members due to Covid-19 infections.
Despite the seriousness of the injuries, the amiable North Dakota senator ended his press statement on a positive note.
After the state’s holiday break for Independence Day, Cramer stated, “I intend to return to Washington and anticipate dishing out a lot of left-handed fist bumps.”
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