Senator John Fetterman is expected to return to work the week of April 17th, after seeking treatment for anxiety and depression at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
According to a report published by Politico on Wednesday, sources close to the freshman Keystone State senator have indicated that he recovered well and is ready to get back to work as soon as possible.
Fetterman checked himself in for treatment weeks earlier, stating that he had been diagnosed with anxiety and clinical depression — conditions that he had dealt with in the past but had only amplified after a near-fatal stroke, a senate campaign, and his first days in office.
CNN reported that a source close to the senator had indicated he’d likely be “as good or better than his best days post-stroke,” adding, “He’s doing extremely well.”
Fellow Senator Bob Casey, also a Democrat from Pennsylvania, told The Hill that he had visited Fetterman in recent days — and while he made it clear that he was not qualified to give a medical report on his colleague, he did say that he was pleased to see how well Fetterman appeared to be doing.
“It was just remarkable how good he looked, how good he sounded. My sense is he’ll be in better shape than he was even before his stroke. He’s really, really in good shape,” Casey said.
Senator Time Kaine (D-VA) said that in addition to Fetterman, he also expected to see Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) return around the same time frame.
“That’s what we’re hearing,” Kaine said. Feinstein has been missing from the deliberative body since February, when she announced that she had been diagnosed with shingles.
Also missing from the Senate in recent weeks has been Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who suffered a fall recently and sustained a rib fracture and a concussion.