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Bill Young, Florida Congressman, Gravely Ill, Remains In Hospital

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Representative Charles William 'Bill' Young of Florida speaks to reporters after the House Intelligence Committee conducted a hearing on Benghazi with testimony by former US General David Petreaus, November 16, 2012, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Ex-CIA chief David Petraeus began his testimony before lawmakers Friday about the September 11 assault on the US mission in Benghazi, his first appearance since resigning suddenly a week ago. Packs of reporters and camera crews were on hand at the | Getty

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON (AP) — Florida's longest-serving member of Congress is gravely ill.

The office of Republican C.W. Bill Young says the lawmaker's condition worsened last night, and his doctors say his prognosis is guarded.

The 82-year-old House member announced last week he plans to retire after 43 years in Congress.

Young has been at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington due to back problems stemming from a 1970 small-plane crash.

In recent years, Young has become increasingly frail and has relied on a wheelchair.

The congressman is a longtime member of the Appropriations Committee and is influential on military spending and other defense issues.

His office issued a statement Thursday about his condition.

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