Ankle injury from yardwork sidelines House Democrat from debt-ceiling deal vote

A freak injury will sideline a House Democrat from this week’s debt ceiling deal vote.

Rep. Angie Craig (D-Minn.) suffered an ankle injury Monday evening while doing yard work, her office said in a statement.

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy expects the full House to vote on the deal on Wednesday.

The 51-year-old third-term congresswoman was diagnosed with a bimalleolar fracture and a dislocated ankle after she tripped while doing yard work, Craig’s Chief of Staff Nick Coe said in a statement Tuesday.

“While getting some yard work done at home in Minnesota on Monday evening, Rep. Craig tripped and injured her ankle. She was transported to a local hospital where she was diagnosed with a bimalleolar fracture as well as a dislocated ankle,” the statement said.

“She is scheduled to undergo surgery to repair the ankle on Thursday. Her physician has advised her not to fly in advance of the surgery or immediately after. As a result, Rep. Craig will miss votes in Congress this week related to the Bipartisan Budget Agreement.”

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Craig is Minnesota’s first openly LGBTQ+ member of Congress and the first lesbian mother to serve in Congress.

Her partner is Cheryl Greene.

"Rep. Craig and Cheryl are grateful to the Prior Lake Police and Fire Departments who responded to the incident, and Rep. Craig looks forward to getting back to work for the people of the Second District as soon as possible," Coe’s statement said.