(HorizonPost.com) – About a month into his job as the Pennsylvania senator, John Fetterman was hospitalized for clinical depression. Fetterman, the former lieutenant general of the state, had a stroke that affected his ability to speak. But then-Republican candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz eventually lost the race to Fetterman, who Democrats are speculating should run for U.S. president.
Despite being hospitalized, Fetterman is currently named as a co-sponsor on a bipartisan bill tackling the train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio. The bill, which seeks to “enhance safety requirements for trains transporting hazardous materials, and for other purposes,” is being signed on by Republican Sens. J.D. Vance, Josh Hawley, and Marco Rubio.
As controversy and rumors circulate about his hospital visit on February 15, where he remains, his wife and children have reportedly left for Canada. Days after checking in, Fetterman was seen by Dr. Brian P. Monahan, the Attending Physician of the United States Congress. The senator will continue to stay at Walter Reed hospital for treatment as doctors try out medication and dosages, including speech therapy.
While physically being out of commission, Fetterman is also named as a co-sponsor on a list of other bills, including bills to amend the National Labor Relations Act, the Labor Management Relations Act, the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, and the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008. He allegedly co-sponsored another bill that would require background checks for selling firearms a day after he was in the hospital.
The senator’s office has not replied to questions about who is signing the bills while he is incapacitated.
A doctor’s note released in June 2022 before the midterm elections detailed that Fetterman suffers from a decreased heart pump and atrial fibrillation. Cardiologist Dr. Ramesh Chandra who wrote the note reportedly treated Fetterman back in 2017 but he did not complete the recommended course of treatment.
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