John Fetterman will return to the US Senate in mid-April

Sen. John Fetterman (D-PA) would return to the U.S. Senate the week of April 17 after being hospitalized for “clinical depression” in February.

“Sen. John Fetterman plans to return to the Senate the week of April 17 after more than a month of inpatient treatment for depression, according to two people with direct knowledge of his plan,” Policy reported Wednesday.

The Pennsylvania senator checked into Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in February, where he began receiving voluntary treatment for “clinical depression” after being examined by doctors, according to a statement from Fetterman’s chief of staff, Adam Jentleson, at time.

It was the second time the senator had been hospitalized in a matter of weeks. The previous week, Fetterman had been hospitalized with “clinical depression”, he had checked into the hospital after “starting to feel dizzy”. At the time, Fetterman communications director Joe Cavello said “initial testing showed no evidence of a new stroke” but that further testing would be done.

Fetterman’s return will be warmly welcomed by Senate Democrats, who have a slim majority, as it would ultimately help fend off Republican-led bills. Since leaving the Senate for the hospital, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has also announced that she will miss some time in the Senate to receive treatment for shingles.

The two senators’ decision left Democrats without an absolute majority and a struggle to pass bills and get deals done in their absence.

Jacob Bliss is a reporter for Breitbart News. Write to him at or follow him on Twitter @JacobMBliss.


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