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Hoyer recovering from knee replacement surgery

Hoyer recovering from knee replacement surgery
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House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerTech industry pushes for delay in antitrust legislation Biden signs Juneteenth bill: 'Great nations don't ignore their most painful moments' House passes political spending, climate change corporate disclosures bill MORE (D-Md.) underwent knee replacement surgery on Wednesday, his office said.

Katie Grant Drew, Hoyer's communications director, said that the Maryland Democrat had the procedure done at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C. 

She said that Hoyer, 81, will work remotely as he recovers from the surgery on his left knee and undergoes physical therapy.  

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"The procedure, conducted by Dr. Joshua Campbell at George Washington University Hospital, was successful. Mr. Hoyer is resting comfortably, and will work from home in St. Mary’s County, Maryland as he begins physical therapy. He looks forward to returning to work at the U.S. Capitol as soon as possible," she said in a statement.

The House is out of session for the Memorial Day holiday recess. Lawmakers aren't scheduled to return to the Capitol for floor votes until June 14.

Hoyer was first elected in 1981 and has served as the second-ranking House Democrat since 2003. He is currently in his second stint as House majority leader after previously serving in the role when Democrats also controlled the House from 2007 to 2011.