Senator Patrick Leahy, 80, is hospitalized as a precaution after reporting feeling unwell.

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Senator Patrick Leahy, 80, is hospitalized as a precaution after reporting feeling unwell.


Senator Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont, the longest-serving senator and the president pro tempore, was taken to a hospital in Washington for observation early Tuesday evening after he reported not feeling well, his spokesman said.

Mr. Leahy, whose position in the Senate puts him third in line for the presidency, oversaw the start of the impeachment proceedings against former President Donald J. Trump earlier on Tuesday. At 80, Mr. Leahy is one of the oldest senators and has served in the Senate since 1975.

After he reported not feeling well in his office, Mr. Leahy “was examined in the Capitol by the attending physician,” said David Carle, the spokesman. “Out of an abundance of caution, the attending physician recommended that he be taken to a local hospital for observation, where he is now, and where he is being evaluated.”

Mr. Leahy has received both vaccine shots for the coronavirus, and it was unclear what his symptoms were.

Senator Charles E. Grassley, Republican of Iowa and Mr. Leahy’s predecessor as president pro tempore, was among those who wished Mr. Leahy well in a tweet Tuesday evening.



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