House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah presses Obama Administration officials from the State Department and Homeland Security on what safeguards are in place to ensure that would-be extremists are not exploiting a variety of legal paths to travel to the U.S., Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. At issue is how closely the U.S. government examines the background of people asking to come to the country, including reviews of their social media postings. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Jason Chaffetz Takes Leave Of Absence From Congress For Medical Emergency

Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) announced on Wednesday that he is taking an emergency medical leave of absence that will last up to four weeks. The representative, who chairs the House Oversight Committee, published an Instagram post detailing his reason for taking time off.

Almost 12 years ago, I shattered several bones in my foot which required 14 screws and a metal plate to repair. Yes, I wish I could say I was cliff diving in Mexico but the truth is I fell off a ladder while repairing something in my garage. The University of Utah doctors now recommend immediate surgery to remove all the hardware or I could be at risk for serious infection.

Chaffetz admits that the timing of his surgery couldn’t be much worse but that, as we have all seen from time to time, health can’t always wait.

My recovery is expected to take three to four weeks. I’m sorry to miss the important work we are doing in Washington. This is not an opportune time to be away but medical emergencies are never convenient. I appreciate my constituent’s patience and understanding as I take time to recover.

Our prayers are with Congressman Chaffetz as he heads home to have this matter taken care of.


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