Congress returns to work; Weiner goes to treatment

June 13, 2011 - 3:00 AM
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Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., is questioned by the media near his home in the Queens borough of New York, Saturday, June 11, 2011. The 46-year-old congressman acknowledged Friday that he had online contact with a 17-year-old girl from Delaware but said there was nothing inappropriate. (AP Photo/David Karp)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress returns to work on Monday, but at least one lawmaker won't be there.

Rep. Anthony Weiner starts this week on a temporary leave of absence, in treatment for an undisclosed disorder at an undisclosed location. He spent most of last week embroiled in a sexting scandal.

Weiner has acknowledged exchanging messages and photos, ranging from sexually suggestive to explicit, with several women online. The latest to surface appeared on the gossip website TMZ.

Meanwhile, the No. 2 House Democrat spoke of Weiner's "bizarre and unacceptable behavior" in sending the inappropriate pictures of himself. Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland said it would be "extraordinarily difficult" for Weiner to be effective in Congress.

The Republican Party chairman criticized Democratic leaders for not taking a more forceful stand earlier on the affair.