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Senator Ben Ray Luján’s Absence Felt in DC During Supreme Court Draft

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It was something so unexpected. Ben Ray Luján, an energetic 49-year-old senator from New Mexico, suffered a stroke. His aides said he would recover. This healing process takes time, and he cannot vote on New Mexico issues. “Under US Senate rules, proxy voting is not allowed, so US senators must be present on Capitol Hill to vote on legislation,” said KOAT political analyst Brian Sanderoff. Sanderoff weighed in on what Lujan’s absence will mean for Democrats, who have a slim majority in the Senate. The biggest issue on President Joe Biden’s agenda right now is the selection of a new justice for the United States Supreme Court. “As far as confirming a justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Ben Ray Lujan’s vote may be required,” Sanderoff said. Sanderoff said the process of nominating a Supreme Court justice takes weeks, so if Lujan is healthy and can return to work in four to six weeks, he’ll likely have a say in that. “There’s a good chance that Ben Ray Luján will be back before the US Senate is ready to vote on confirming a nominee for the US Supreme Court,” Sanderoff said. His staff said Luján is strong and recovering well, and unless there are complications, he will return to work in four to six weeks.

It was something so unexpected.

Ben Ray Luján, an energetic 49-year-old senator from New Mexico, suffered a stroke.

His aides said he would recover.

This healing process takes time, and he cannot vote on New Mexico issues.

“Under US Senate rules, proxy voting is not allowed, so US senators must be present on Capitol Hill to vote on legislation,” said KOAT political analyst Brian Sanderoff.

Sanderoff weighed in on what Lujan’s absence will mean for Democrats, who have a slim majority in the Senate.

The biggest issue on President Joe Biden’s agenda right now is the selection of a new justice for the United States Supreme Court.

“As far as confirming a justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Ben Ray Lujan’s vote may be required,” Sanderoff said.

Sanderoff said the Supreme Court justice nomination process takes weeks, so if Lujan is healthy and can return to work in four to six weeks, he’ll likely have a say in the matter.

“There’s a good chance that Ben Ray Luján will be back before the US Senate is ready to vote on confirming a nominee for the US Supreme Court,” Sanderoff said.

His staff said Luján is strong and recovering well, and barring complications, he will return to work in four to six weeks.