WASHINGTON (AP/WUSA9) - Congressman C.W. Bill Young, Florida's longest-serving member of Congress, is "gravely ill." This is what a staffer told WUSA9, reading from a family statement.
According to Young's office, 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 would not seek re-election after his term expires in 2014. Young has served 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.