Reid breaks ribs, face bones in fall
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Democratic leader Sen. Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidBottom line Biden's first 100 days is stylistic 'antithesis' of Trump The Memo: Washington's fake debate on 'bipartisanship' MORE broke a "number" of ribs and bones in his face during an accident on Thursday at his home, according to his office.

The Nevada senator, 75, was using an exercise machine on New Year's Day when the equipment broke, "causing him to fall," his office said.


The accident occurred at Reid's home in Henderson, Nev., and he was taken to a hospital there and then to University Medical Center in Las Vegas. He was kept in the hospital overnight "as a precaution."

A spokeswoman said Reid was discharged from the hospital on Friday.

"He sends his thanks to all those who sent warm wishes and is ready to get back to work," said Kristen Orthman, Reid's deputy communications director.

Reid also suffered an exercise accident in 2011, when he slipped and fell, putting his arm in a sling and giving him a black eye.

Despite his injures, Reid plans to return to Washington for the new session of Congress that begins next week. The Senate will reconvene Tuesday under Republican control, pushing Reid into the role of minority leader.

President Obama phoned Reid from Hawaii on Friday “to wish him a full and speedy recovery,” according to the White House.

“The president was glad to hear the leader is doing well, and will be back in Washington this weekend,” said White House spokesman Eric Schultz.

Reid will be returning to work after a tumultuous 2014 that saw Democrats lose the Senate in a midterm election drubbing that gave Republicans a 54-46 majority.

Democrats stuck with Reid as leader despite the losses, as no challenger emerged in the caucus for his leadership spot despite murmurs of discontent. Several centrist senators voted against him for leader, however.

"I heard the voters of Missouri loud and clear," Sen Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillMissouri Republicans move to block Greitens in key Senate race Democratic Kansas City, Mo., mayor eyes Senate run Demings asked about Senate run after sparring with Jordan on police funding MORE, who faces reelection in 2016, told the Kansas City Star in saying she would not back Reid for leader. "They want change in Washington. Common sense tells me that begins with changes in leadership."

Back home in Nevada, Reid is facing what is sure to be a tough reelection race in 2016.

While Reid survived a battle in 2010 against Republican Sharron Angle, Nevada Republicans are looking for a stronger candidate in 2016, and have their sights on Gov. Brian Sandoval, who won reelection in November with 70 percent of the vote.

"I don't care. If Brian wants to run for the Senate, let him," Reid said in August. "I don't care. We get along well. But you know, I understand how things work. But that is up to him."

Reid's colleagues Congress took to Twitter on Friday to wish him well after his accident.

Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Republican reactions to Cheney's removal Flake: No greater offense than honesty in today's Republican Party Cheney set to be face of anti-Trump GOP MORE (R-Ariz.) added:

This story was last updated at 4:08 p.m.