Hastert Has Kidney Stones Removed

House Speaker Dennis Hastert (search) had kidney stone surgery at Bethesda Naval Hospital (search) on Wednesday, the day he had been scheduled to leave for Pope John Paul II's (search) funeral.

Hastert's spokesman, Ron Bonjean, said the 63-year-old Illinois Republican was recovering well. Hastert was staying in the Maryland hospital overnight and returning to Illinois on Friday, Bonjean said.

The speaker was expected to resume his normal schedule when the House returns next week.

Hastert was set to leave on Wednesday evening for Rome as the head of a 26-member House delegation to the pope's funeral.