In 'good deal of pain,' Sen. Paul returning to Capitol Hill

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Rand Paul returned to the Senate on Monday after being seriously injured at his home in an alleged attack by his neighbor earlier this month.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, said that there is "no justification" for an attack that was allegedly initiated by his neighbor and left him with six broken ribs, cuts on his face and a fluid buildup in his chest.

"My first encounter was basically being hit in the back", Paul told The Examiner, which notes that he was "struggling to breathe and talk" during the interview.

"From my perspective, I'm not really too concerned about what someone's motive is", Paul said. He called the incident a "violent attack" and said Mr. Paul was "blindsided" by Mr. Boucher.

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Paul sustained six broken ribs and pleural effusion - fluid around the lungs - November 3 when police say neighbor Rene Boucher attacked him outside his home. An argument over leaf clippings is said to be the reason behind the attack. In the Senate, Republicans can lose no more than two votes on any tax bill that doesn't draw Democratic support, making Mr. Paul's vote critical to its passage.

"Kelley [Paul] and I want to thank everyone once again for your thoughts and prayers for my recovery", Paul wrote on Twitter, referring to his wife.

While initial reports suggested the two men were disputing over lawn issues, the senator tweeted articles last week questioning those explanations. Boucher pleaded not guilty Thursday to misdemeanor fourth degree assault charges.

Paul said he was going to be "ready to fight for liberty" and also work on the upcoming tax reform efforts.

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