A New York Times story headlined “Rifts in Both Parties Complicate Odds for Gun Measure” mentions this in passing:

It is also unclear whether Senator Frank R. Lautenberg, Democrat of New Jersey, a likely yes vote who has been largely absent in the 113th Congress, would show up for the crucial vote this week.

Lautenberg is 89 and apparently has been suffering from pain and weakness in his legs, making travel prohibitive. He’s also a cancer survivor.

Our heart goes out to the guy.

Still: “Largely absent.” “Unclear whether [he] … would show up.”

Hey, Sen. Lautenberg: Ever heard of Pope Benedict XVI?

Or is United States senator an even cushier gig than I thought?