Senate President Raye’s wife hospitalized; DHHS budget action delayed

AUGUSTA, Maine — The sudden hospitalization over the weekend of Karen Raye, wife of Senate President Kevin Raye, prompted Senate leadership to postpone action Tuesday on the Department of Health and Human Services supplemental budget.

The budget passed through the House last Thursday but stalled in the Senate after a majority of Democrats decided they couldn’t support the latest version.

The Senate is expected to resume talks on the budget this week but it’s not clear when. It also wasn’t clear Tuesday what the Senate Democrats are seeking to change.

Sen. Raye released the following statement about his wife’s hospitalization:

“Karen is doing well and resting comfortably. We are grateful for the excellent care provided by both Calais Regional Hospital and Eastern Maine Medical Center, and for the many prayers, well wishes, emails, calls and notes of encouragement we have received since she was hospitalized Sunday morning.

We are in hopes she will be able to be discharged and return home within the next few days.”