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October 21, 2014, 7:03 am
970 WMAY News

Government Watchdog: Temporarily Replace Members Of Congress Who Cannot Serve

As questions persist about the condition and prognosis of Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr., a government watchdog says there should be a provision to appoint a temporary replacement for members of Congress who are incapacitated.  


Andy Shaw of the Better Government Association tells Chicago’s WLS Radio that it’s not fair for thousands… or millions… of constituents to be deprived of representation for an indefinite period of time. 


Jackson’s staff says he is hospitalized for a mood disorder, but have not elaborated on the nature of the ailment or how long he’ll be away from work.  In addition, U.S. Senator Mark Kirk has been away from Capitol Hill for months while he recovers from a stroke.

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