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House Ways and Means Chairman Undergoes Appendectomy

July 8, 1987

CHICAGO (AP) _ Rep. Dan Rostenkowski, chairman of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, was reported in good condition Tuesday after his appendix was removed the day before.

The appendectomy was ″quite routine,″ said Judy Traynor, a spokeswoman for Mercy Hospital and Medical Center. The Illinois Democrat was expected to remain in the hospital for several days, she said.

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 organ was not life-threatening, she said.

″Chairman Rostenkowski is planning to return to Washington next week,″ the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee said in a brief release Tuesday. ″No change in the committee’s schedule is anticipated.″

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.

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