U.S. Senator Blumenthal Fractures Leg, to Undergo 'Routine' Surgery

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(Reuters) – Democratic U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal broke his leg during a University of Connecticut Parade on Saturday. He will have surgery this weekend.

The U.S. Senate is adjourned till April 17. The 77-year old Connecticut Senator shouldn't miss any votes if the surgery proceeds as planned.

Blumenthal tweeted: "I have indeed fractured my femur when a parade-goer tripped over me and fell onto it." "Routine surgery to be performed tomorrow, just to ensure that everything heals correctly." I am expecting a complete recovery!

The Senate is controlled by Democrats with a 51-49 majority, so even one or two absentees can affect whether legislation passes.

Blumenthal, who served Connecticut as Attorney General for 20 years, was elected to U.S. Senate by the U.S. Senate on November 11, 2011.