Still healing after being tackled outside of his Bowling Green home, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is back to work.
Walking gingerly in the U.S. Capitol, Paul cast votes with his arms at his sides, finding it difficult to execute the customary Senate step of raising a hand and signaling yes or no. He simply expressed his decision to a Senate clerk before chatting briefly with several senators.
As Paul arrived in the Capitol, a smiling Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., extended his hand to Paul, but he declined to shake it, indicating even that minor motion would cause discomfort.
Paul tweeted Monday morning that he is returning to the Senate to resume work despite being in a “good deal of pain.”
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He said in the tweet he is “ready to fight for liberty and help move forward with tax cuts in the coming days and weeks.”
President Donald Trump tweeted early Tuesday morning that it was great to see Paul “looking well and back on the Senate floor.”
“He will help us with TAX CUTS and REFORM!” Trump tweeted.
Paul suffered six broken ribs and had small cuts to his nose and mouth after being attacked on Nov. 3. Five days later, Paul said he had fluid buildup in his chest.
A dispute with a longtime neighbor, Rene Boucher, led to the incident.
Boucher was charged with fourth-degree assault and was arraigned Thursday, though his alleged motivation for attacking Paul was not fully revealed. He pleaded not guilty. His attorney, Matthew J. Baker, said reported accusations that Paul blew lawn clippings into Boucher’s yard were “fairly accurate” and that the dispute was a “neighbor to neighbor thing.”
Paul has tweeted articles from Breitbart and the Washington Examiner, which claim neighbors of Paul and Boucher believe the incident was not a landscape dispute.
A retired anesthesiologist, Boucher remained free on bond following the arraignment. Paul hired a personal-injury lawyer, according to Baker.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.