U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) said he "hates what's going on" with U.S. Sen. John Fetterman (D-Pa.).
Fetterman recently checked himself into a hospital for clinical depression.
Tuberville told Politico in an interview on Monday that he hopes Fetterman, who he described as a "good" friend despite their political differences, can get back to work soon.
"He's still got to work, and he's still got to get to votes. But I hope he gets back sooner than later," Tuberville said. "I'd rather have him here than not."
Fetterman suffered a stroke before the May primary last year. According to Fox News, he also had surgery to implant a pacemaker with a defibrillator to manage two heart conditions, atrial fibrillation and cardiomyopathy.
A spokesperson for Fetterman told Fox on Monday that the Pennsylvania senator is "doing well" and working with doctors as he "remains on the path to recovery."
"We understand the intense interest in John's status and especially appreciate the flood of well-wishes," Fetterman's spokesperson said. "However, as we have said, this will be a weeks-long process, and while we will be sure to keep folks updated as it progresses, this is all there is to give by way of an update."
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