US Senator Rand Paul has announced that he was returning to work in Washington following several days of resting after he suffered from broken ribs in an altercation with a neighbour earlier in the month.
The report said the senator was struggling to breathe and often stopped to catch his breath and talk.
Among the people who congratulated Paul on his return to the Senate was House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who himself missed three months of work after he was shot and almost killed at practice for the Congressional Baseball Game.
"From my perspective, I'm not really too concerned about what someone's motive is".
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Paul returned to the Senate Monday afternoon as Republicans began marking up their tax plan in the finance committee.
Paul was attacked November 3 while mowing his lawn, authorities said.
Paul's neighbors had previously told The Daily Caller that they had no reason to believe that Boucher's attack was over a landscaping dispute.
"Kelley [Paul] and I want to thank everyone once again for your thoughts and prayers for my recovery", Paul wrote on Twitter, referring to his wife. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said that though he is still in pain, he will return to his work in Congress on Monday - more than a week after his neighbor allegedly assaulted him. Mr. Boucher has pleaded not guilty to the charges; His attorney has said the dispute stemmed from a "trivial" disagreement between neighbors. Mr. Stafford said the two men hadn't had any interactions for years. "Anyone claiming otherwise is simply uninformed or seeking media attention". In the Senate, Republicans can lose no more than two votes on any tax bill that doesn't draw Democratic support, making Mr. Paul's vote critical to its passage.