WASHINGTON, 19 Jul â€” RIA Novosti. US Senator from Mississippi Thad Cochran failed the first time to find the conference room and voted wrong in the first meeting, which he visited after a long illness, reported Politico.
Cochran, who is 79, has returned to the Senate after treatment for urological diseases, which lasted a number of weeks. The Senator holds the key post of head of the appropriations Committee, who will decide in the coming months, the question about tax and other reforms, and the budget of the country.
Reporters asked Cochran in the hall, if he goes to resign from his post as head of the Committee. Cochran repeated the question aloud, and then failed to answer it. The question is not if he was going to retire after 44 years in the Senate, Cochran said in a weak voice: “don’t believe everything you hear”. The question was not asked by his colleagues to resign, Cochran said, “On a nice day.”
After that, the Senator headed for the hall of meetings, but wanted to enter the room on the ground floor, while the senators sit on the second. Assistants helped him find his way.
In a vote on Wednesday, the Senator was talking to one of my colleagues, but did not act. Cochran voted for one of the proposed amendments, his assistants began to demand from him that he voted against. To re-vote, Cochrane it took some time.
Place Cochran in the hierarchy of the Senate is considered very important, given that it has a big impact on the budget of the United States. The Senator was elected for another six-year term in 2014. It possible care may lead to unnecessary complications for the Republican majority who are not interested in the extraordinary elections to the Senate.
In the history of the U.S. Senate there have been cases when there were doubts about the ability of a elderly Senator to perform his duties. So, Senator Strom Thurmond from South Carolina worked in the Senate for up to 100 years, but was forced to leave the influential post of head of the armed services Committee. Special longevity recently had just the head of the Committee on appropriations. So, the Senator from Virginia Robert Byrd died in 2010 at 92 years of age, and until recently had performed his duties, but he was removed from the post of Chairman of the Committee. Byrd’s successor at the head of the Committee, David Inouye died in office of a Senator and head of the Committee at 88 years of age in 2012. Then the head of the Committee was Barbara Mikulski, who is now 81 years old, and her successor was Cochran.