Rep. Greg Stoib, R-Florida, listens during a hearing before the Subcommittee on Judiciary in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, July 29, 2020.
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Rep. Greg Steub is “making progress” but remained hospitalized Thursday with “several serious injuries” he suffered after falling down a 25-foot ladder at his Florida home, his office said.
The 44-year-old House Republican spent the night in intensive care after he was “knocked down” from a ladder while he was trimming tree limbs on his property late Wednesday night, Steube’s office said in a tweet from his official account.
Steube’s injuries “are still being evaluated, but are not life-threatening at this time,” his office said. “He’s making progress and in good spirits.”
He thanked the medical personnel who treated him and Sarasota County EMS, as well as “the person who witnessed the fall and immediately called 911.”
It is not yet clear if Steube will be able to travel to Washington, D.C., for his duties, and if so, for how long. A third-term congressman from Florida’s 17th district, Steube was recently named an influential House Ways and Means Committee. He won his last election with almost 64% of the vote.
“Our family is praying for Congressman Steube this morning,” tweeted Joe Scarborough, a former Florida Republican congressman turned MSNBC morning host and frequent GOP critic. “We pray for Greg’s speedy recovery, and we pray that he and his family are surrounded by love and support.”
Steube’s potential absence could further narrow the already slim Republican majority in the House, giving House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, D-Calif., even less freedom of dissent as he seeks to rally his party ahead of a busy legislative session.
Earlier Thursday morning, McCarthy reiterated his vow to end proxy voting in the House of Representatives, Corona virus infection covidAn era policy enacted under his Democratic predecessor, current Rep. Nancy Pelosi.