Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the oldest serving member of the United States Senate, was hospitalized due to an infection.

Grassley, 90, is reportedly in “good spirits” and will return to work “as soon as possible.”

“Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is receiving antibiotic infusions at an area hospital to treat an infection,” his office announced in a press release.

Some wonder why Grassley should still be in the U.S. Senate at 90-years-old.

Fox News reports:

Grassley, 90, was first elected to the Senate in 1980 and has been reelected seven times.

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He is the Senate’s oldest member following the death of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., in September.

Feinstein faced criticism over her deteriorating health in her final years and her ability to serve.

Many aging congressional leaders, as well as President Biden, have also faced questions over their fitness to serve in recent years.

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Per CNN:

Grassley’s absence comes just days before a deadline for a partial government shutdown. Congressional leaders have agreed to a deal to keep the federal government funded into March, but both parties will need to supply votes to pass the legislation through both chambers before the Friday deadline.

The Senate is slated to take a procedural step to move the government funding resolution along later Tuesday night.

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