McConnell commits to Senate and GOP leadership despite health scares

23:38 06.09.2023

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, has assured reporters that he has no plans to step down from his position, despite concerns over his recent health issues. McConnell, who is 81 years old, stated that he intends to complete his term as leader and as a senator, which ends in 2026. However, some GOP lawmakers have voiced their worries about McConnell's health and have called for term-limits legislation to be introduced.

McConnell's appearance at the Capitol on Wednesday marked his first public appearance since his first freeze-up at the end of July, prior to the Senate's 40-day recess. He experienced another freezing episode while answering reporters' questions in his home state of Kentucky last week. Concerns over his health have been raised by GOP leaders, although others remain supportive of the veteran Republican lawmaker.

During the GOP conference's weekly luncheon, McConnell addressed his health concerns and provided details of the tests he has undergone. According to Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana, McConnell stated that he has been given a clean bill of health and that both episodes occurred during press conferences. Kennedy also mentioned that McConnell worked hard in August and raised approximately $49 million.

Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina expressed his support for McConnell, stating that he feels confident in his ability to lead. On the other hand, Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri expressed concern about McConnell's health, as well as his ability to restore the GOP majority in the Senate. Hawley explained that this is why he voted against McConnell in December.

In January, Republican Representative Ralph Norman of South Carolina introduced an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would limit House members to three terms, totaling six years, and senators to two terms, totaling 12 years. McConnell's recent health issues have further fueled the debate on term limits within the GOP.

Despite concerns about his health, McConnell's physician, Dr. Brian Monahan, has medically cleared him to continue with his duties. Monahan conducted several medical evaluations, including brain MRI imaging and EEG studies, and consulted with various neurologists. Monahan confirmed that there is no evidence of a seizure disorder, stroke, or movement disorder such as Parkinson's disease. McConnell's office has attributed his recent episodes to lightheadedness.

McConnell's future in the Senate remains uncertain, as he has not provided any definitive statements about his plans. However, he has the support of many Republican colleagues who have expressed confidence in his ability to fulfill his responsibilities. McConnell's leadership of the GOP conference since 2007 has been instrumental in shaping Republican policies and strategies in the Senate.

/ Wednesday, September 6, 2023, 11:38 PM /

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