Rep. Adam SmithAdam SmithHouse passes Mattis waiver, setting up quick confirmation Overnight Defense: Mattis cruises through confirmation hearing Top defense Dem urges House to vote against Mattis waiver MORE (D-Wash.) suffered a collapsed lung on Thursday morning, according to his spokesman. The 44-year-old was taken to Bethesda Naval Hospital, where he underwent a surgical procedure Thursday night to remove fluid from the lung. He is expected to make a full recovery.
Smith's spokesman explained that the procedure was not major surgery, but an evacuation of harmful fluids from the lung, after which it would return to normal function. Smith spoke to his staff by phone on Friday, explaining that he had undergone some tests and hoped to be released Friday night.