(LibertySociety.com) – After suffering a fall at a dinner in Washington D.C. on March 8th, 2023, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was hospitalized and treated for a concussion and a broken rib. Since being discharged from the hospital five days later, he was admitted to an inpatient rehab facility, where he remained until March 25. Senator McConnell is stayed in the rehab to do physical therapy, but his adviser, Josh Holmes stated that he was “doing very well, everything on track,” in a statement to NBC News.
On March 25, reports revealed that McConnell had returned home from inpatient rehab and would spend several days working from home before returning to work. In a statement, he said he was looking forward to heading back to the Capitol.
Senator McConnell also caught up with his colleagues in the Senate in a telephone conversation on March 21st, 2023, expressing his eagerness to get back to work as soon as possible. He also thanked his fellow lawmakers for being communicative with his staff, keeping them updated on activities among members. Senator John Thune, R-S.D., recapped his phone call with Senator McConnell, stating that he “sounded good, sounded like Mitch, this morning,” adding his anxiousness to return to the Capitol.
Senator John Cornyn, R-Texas, stated previously that he spoke to Senator McConnell, reiterating that he seemed to be doing better and would be ready to return soon. He’s not the only lawmaker to end up in the hospital recently, however. Senator John Fetterman, D-Penn. was hospitalized for clinical depression weeks ago, and Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., returned home in early March after being hospitalized due to shingles.
Senator McConnell, who is 81 years old, experienced injuries in the past due to a fall in his home back in 2019, where he fractured his shoulder. He was elected to the Senate in 1984, and has served in a GOP leadership position in the Senate longer than anyone else in the history of the United States. One of his notable actions in the Senate for the Republican Party was withholding the Senate’s consent to allow President Barack Obama to seat a new Supreme Court Justice in 2016 after Justice Antonin Scalia’s death.
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