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Grassley to have outpatient surgery

Senator hopes it won't interrupt his voting streak

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for Elena Kagan before her nomination to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court in a June 29, 2010, file image, in Washington, D.C. (Rafael Suanes/TNS)
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for Elena Kagan before her nomination to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court in a June 29, 2010, file image, in Washington, D.C. (Rafael Suanes/TNS)

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley set a record two years ago for the longest time in the U.S. Senate without missing a vote.

But on Wednesday, the Iowa Republican disclosed he’s having what he called a routine outpatient surgery on Friday that he hopes won’t break his streak.

Grassley, in his weekly conference call with Iowa reporters, said the surgery was in the “category of a hernia fix.” He gave no other details.

However, he added that even though his plan was to be back at the Senate for votes Monday afternoon, his son had a similar procedure last year and warned him “don’t expect to be very active for quite a while.”

Nonetheless, Grassley said he is hopeful.

“I hope I don’t miss any votes because I want to continue to represent the people of Iowa like I have for the 8,025 votes that I’ve cast in a row since 1993,” he said.

Grassley, who is 84 and renowned for visiting all 99 Iowa counties each year, broke the Senate record in early 2016 by going roughly 22-and-a-half years without missing a vote.

The previous Senate record, according to Roll Call, had been held by the late William Proxmire, a Democrat from Wisconsin.

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