Florida Republican Greg Steube will miss votes for 'several weeks' after fall

 January 25, 2023

Florida Republican Greg Steube will be forced to miss work in Congress as he recovers from a fall at home that left him with a broken pelvis and collapsed lung. 

Steube said he will be homebound for "several weeks," leaving Republicans in Washington with one less vote as they look to flex their newly won majority.

Republican in recovery

Steube fell from a 25-foot ladder while cutting tree limbs at his Sarasota home last week, leaving him with serious injuries.

After a hospital stay, Steube is back home and recuperating.

The congressman's Twitter account shared a photo of Steube lying on the couch in a neck brace, with his dogs by his side.

Dangerous fall

Steube said he would perform as much of his congressional work as possible while recovering from a "fractured pelvis, a punctured lung, and several torn ligaments in my neck."

The lawmaker said he was "grateful for everyone’s prayers and well-wishes" and looks forward to returning to Washington "as soon as possible!"

"While I will be sidelined in Sarasota for several weeks, I will be carrying out as many of my congressional duties as possible, and our DC and district staff continue to be readily available to assist Floridians in FL-17," he wrote.

"I am blessed to have a great support team in my wife Jennifer as well as numerous friends and family, including the Steube pups!"

Steube gets new committee

Steube's absence comes as House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Ca.) pushes for a vote to remove Democrat Ilhan Omar (D-Mn.) from the House Foreign Affairs Committee over her inflammatory anti-American and anti-Israel rhetoric.

Every vote counts in McCarthy's narrow House majority, and the effort to remove Omar is facing pushback from some in the Republican conference.

When he returns to Washington, Steube will hit the ground running with a post on the newly formed select committee on the weaponization of the federal government, McCarthy said.

"He is in good spirits, and our entire conference prays for a swift recovery. I informed him he will serve on the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government, and he is eager to get back to work," McCarthy said.

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