BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Sen. Chris Van Hollen is recovering after suffering a minor stroke over the weekend.

In a statement, Van Hollen extended his gratitude to those who reached out to wish him well after the episode, which was described as a “small stroke.”

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“I’m on the mend and on track for a full recovery, and following my doctors’ orders, I’ll begin to ease back into my schedule,” the senator’s statement said in part.

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Van Hollen was admitted to George Washington University after experiencing lightheadedness and acute neck pain while giving a speech in western Maryland.

Although his activities have been dialed back, the senator said he wanted to make clear how he felt about two issues: aid to Ukraine and small business relief.

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“While I won’t be present this afternoon to vote on these bills, they’ve got my strong support,” the senator said.

CBS Baltimore Staff