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U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye hospitalized after fainting spell

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:23 p.m. HST, Dec 10, 2012

U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye has been hospitalized since Thursday after suffering a fainting spell before a vote in the U.S. Capitol, his office confirmed.

Inouye was initially taken to the George Washington University Hospital but has been at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center since Sunday.

"For the most part, I am OK," Inouye said in a statement issued by his office today. "However, I am currently working with my doctors to regulate my oxygen intake. Much to my frustration, while undergoing this process, I have to remain in the hospital for my own safety and to allow the necessary observation. I will be back on the Hill as soon as my doctors allow it. Thank you all for the kind words and continued support."

This is the second trip to a hospital in less than a month for the 88-year-old Hawaii Democrat. Inouye sustained a minor cut to the back of his head following a fall at his home on Nov. 15 and was taken to the Bethesda Naval Hospital as a precaution. He was released from the hospital and returned to his home in Maryland.

Inouye, who has served in the Senate since 1963, is the chairman of the Appropriations Committee and the Senate's president pro tempore, making him third in the presidential line of succession. 

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Papakolea wrote:
Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Senator. Thank you for all you have done, and continue to do, for our state and country.
on December 10,2012 | 11:32AM
1local wrote:
Dan has done a lot for Hawaii ...it may be time for Dan to take some time to get well - and let others on the Hawaii team step up and take care of Hawaii...
on December 10,2012 | 12:06PM
false wrote:
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on December 10,2012 | 03:50PM
Papakolea wrote:
He would be a good one.
on December 10,2012 | 03:57PM
Highinthesierras wrote:
Assume he is a Democrat, and has big feet. King of Pork a big loss.
on December 10,2012 | 06:27PM
Ken_Conklin wrote:
Suppose Inouye is soon out of the Senate. Let's consider our 4-member delegation. The one with most seniority will be Hanabata, starting her 2nd term in the House in January. Hirono and Gabbard will each be in her first year in Senate and House. Replacement for Inouye will have lowest seniority in Senate. Ed Case warned against this scenario 8 years ago when he ran against Akaka. Now it's gonna happen.
on December 10,2012 | 06:31PM
OldDiver wrote:
If Ed Case had any insight to the future he would not have run against Akaka.
on December 10,2012 | 08:11PM
Venus1 wrote:
He is amazing!!!
on December 10,2012 | 06:55PM
Mr. Inouye should retire and enjoy retirement years as far as it will go.
on December 10,2012 | 12:15PM
Mythman wrote:
God forbid, this great man expires in office, Neil Abercrombie would then appoint his successor to serve out his term. I put Brian Schatz forward as the replacement senator. Then there would have to be a special election to replace the Lt. Governor. Any other nominations?
on December 10,2012 | 12:19PM
false wrote:
Are you nuts? Schatz?
on December 10,2012 | 01:43PM
pridon wrote:
Abercrombie would appoint Abercrombie. Schatz would become Governor. Abercrombie unlikely to be reelected - unless no Dems want to challenge him. No Repb candidates in sight.
on December 10,2012 | 01:49PM
false wrote:
Abercrombie would appoint himself.
on December 10,2012 | 01:52PM
Highinthesierras wrote:
Actually, he can't - but a deal with Schatzie probable.
on December 10,2012 | 06:28PM
LizKauai wrote:
God Bless! Healing Energy to Senator Dan!
on December 10,2012 | 12:19PM
ichiban wrote:
I hope Sen. Inouye finishes his term in office and retire. I definitely do not want Gov. Abercrombie to appoint a successor to fill the senator's seat should Mr. Inouye be unable finish his term in office. We don't need a puppet senator.
on December 10,2012 | 01:08PM
false wrote:
Get well Senator.
on December 10,2012 | 01:36PM
Kawipoo wrote:
Just retire and leave. Enough of the god father of Hawaii politics.
on December 10,2012 | 01:57PM
pechanga wrote:
Inouye has used the color of his office to inflict harm upon many people... Media has provided Inouye cover to hide many of his misdeeds. Inouye may have been a hero many moons ago...however...he also did become a moral zero many moons ago too.... Along the way, Inouye forgot he was supposed to serve the best interests of his constituents....not himself! Auwe! Inouye lost his moral compass a long time ago....
on December 15,2012 | 01:11PM
false wrote:
During Inouye's time in Government the country and Hawaii have undergone a tremendous decline. Our standard of living has decreased markedly. Taxation is so insanely high. We are less safe. You have more government malfeasance (ex Agent Deedy) that goes unpunished. We are being hosed by large corporations that poison our food, medicine, drugs, air, vacinate our bodies and run off with our monies Madoff, Corzine et al. Good Job Dan. I hope you salted enough money away for your relatives.
on December 10,2012 | 02:03PM
OldDiver wrote:
So according to you George W Bush has nothing to do with this decline?
on December 10,2012 | 08:14PM
bokuchan wrote:
Something is wrong here. An 88 year old person shouldn't be in the US Senate. There is nothing honorable about being a politician at that age. Hey Hawaii, it's your fault for keeping him in the office too.
on December 10,2012 | 02:36PM
popaa wrote:
Senator, prayers for a speedy and complete recovery. With all due respect, it is time for you to seriously considering retirement.. god knows, you deserve it.
on December 10,2012 | 02:49PM
fshnpoi wrote:
democrats keeps him in office because of the power he holds as a senior senator. for the advertiser senior staff writer, last month he was admitted to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center as well. bethesda naval hospital is no longer.
on December 10,2012 | 02:59PM
honokai wrote:
It might be this year, it might be next. But when it is over, there will be nobody that can pull the cart. The wheels will come off. And some nasty resource partner dudes will swarm all their resources to cling to power that disappears. They won't be able to buy congress, Hawaii will find itself restored to backwater status. We will survive. But it won't be the resource partners keeping us alive.
on December 10,2012 | 05:08PM
niimi wrote:
I have doubts if Dan will make it to 90. He's been getting ever more fragile in recent months. Boy, are we lucky to be getting our share of pork.
on December 10,2012 | 09:36PM
HD36 wrote:
Best wishes Dan, but for the sake of this country, we need term limits for all politicians. We need to let them buy their own helth insurance like the rest of us. They need to get out and find a real job after service to the country. The less influence from lobbyst the better and term limits will do this because they won't be around to collect. Nobody should be getting into politcs to get rich and they need to cut the lifetime pensions after serving only 6 years.
on December 10,2012 | 10:46PM
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