House Committee Chairman Has Appendix Removed
CHICAGO (AP) _ Rep. Dan Rostenkowski, chairman of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, was reported in good condition after his appendix was removed.
The appendectomy was routine, spokeswoman Judy Traynor at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center said Tuesday, adding that the Illinois Democrat was expected to remain in the hospital for several days.
Rostenkowski, 59, entered the hospital Monday, complaining of discomfort and pain in his right side, Ms. Traynor said. The operation was performed later in the day.
The inflammation of the appendix had not been life-threatening, she said.
A statement issued on behalf of the congressman said he planned to return to Washington next week, and no disruption of the committee’s schedule was expected.
The committee is holding hearings this week on a list of possible tax increases aimed at generating the $18 million in new revenue needed to meet requirements of the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings budget deficit-reduction act, approved by Congress last year.