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Chaffetz set to return to D.C. for key health care vote after being released from hospital

FILE— Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, speaks to reporters in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, after announcing he is not running for re-election, or any other office, in 2018.
FILE— Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, speaks to reporters in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, after announcing he is not running for re-election, or any other office, in 2018.
Laura Seitz, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, is expected to head to Washington, D.C., Tuesday for a key health care vote despite recent foot surgery that he said would require up to a month of recovery.

Chaffetz was set to be released from University Hospital on Monday following an operation late last week to remove 14 screws and a metal plate placed in his foot after a fall from a ladder 12 years ago.

The 3rd District congressman said in an Instagram post last Wednesday he would be away from Washington for three to four weeks to have the surgery — needed, he said, because of a risk of infection — and recover.

But Chaffetz's spokeswoman, M.J. Henshaw, confirmed he was returning to Washington to vote on the revised version of Republicans' effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.

House leaders postponed action on the legislation last week to round up more votes. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., told the Associated Press on Thursday, "As soon as we have the votes, we'll vote on it."

Chaffetz's surgery came shortly after his surprise announcement he would not seek re-election to the seat he first won in 2008 and may step down before his term ends in early 2019.