Mitch McConnell

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McConnell: 'I'm Going to Finish My Term'

And his GOP colleagues appear to largely support him

(Newser) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell declared again Wednesday that he plans to finish his term as leader despite freezing up at two news conferences over the summer, brushing off questions about his health as he sought to reassure colleagues he's still up to the job, the AP reports. At...

Doctor Reports No Signs McConnell Had a Stroke

Capitol physician rules out several possible causes without suggesting why senator has frozen up

(Newser) - After experts suggested Sen. Mitch McConnell's public freezing episodes were caused by something other than lightheadedness or dehydration, the US Capitol's physician has listed potential causes that have been ruled out. A medical examination of the Republican leader on Wednesday found no signs that he is dealing with...

Neurologists Are Skeptical of McConnell Diagnosis

Experts say video suggests small seizures are more likely the cause than dehydration

(Newser) - Seven neurologists consulted by the New York Times say the video of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell freezing up while addressing reporters on Wednesday suggests the problem is more serious than the official explanation indicates . Dr. Brian Monahan, the Capitol's attending physician, has issued a statement that mentioned dehydration...

Nikki Haley: Senate Is Just a 'Privileged Nursing Home'

After McConnell freeze-up, presidential contender says aging politicians need to know when to retire

(Newser) - As whispers continue to circulate over the future of Mitch McConnell's leadership following his second public freeze-up , Nikki Haley is saying out loud what she thinks about aging lawmakers, and when they should realize it might be time to pack it up on Capitol Hill. Appearing on Fox News'...

McConnell Cleared by Doctor as Successor Talk Heats Up

Senate majority leader has had two public freeze-ups

(Newser) - The Capitol's attending physician has pronounced Sen. Mitch McConnell good to go and said he can carry on with his duties, a day after the minority leader froze at a microphone during an appearance in Kentucky. "I have consulted with Leader McConnell and conferred with his neurology team,...

McConnell Called Allies After Freezing Up Again

Marjorie Taylor Greene says he's 'not fit for office'

(Newser) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's office says he was "momentarily lightheaded" when he froze up while speaking to reporters in Kentucky on Wednesday—but insiders say concerns about the 81-year-old's ability to remain in a leadership role are growing. McConnell had a similar episode a month ago...

Mitch McConnell Freezes Up at Another Press Conference
McConnell Freezes Up Again

McConnell Freezes Up Again

Spokesman says he felt 'momentarily lightheaded' during press conference

(Newser) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell froze up during a press conference in Kentucky Wednesday, a month after he experienced a similar episode while talking to reporters at the Capitol. McConnell spoke for several minutes at the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Government Forum before freezing up while taking questions from...

Feinstein Falls, Recovering at Home
Feinstein Takes
a 'Minor Fall'

Feinstein Takes a 'Minor Fall'

Senate's oldest member visited hospital, is recovering at home

(Newser) - The hits—or really, the falls and senior moments—just keep coming for a couple of the United States Senate's most venerable and aged members, Dianne Feinstein and Mitch McConnell , both of whom are facing calls from members of their own parties to step down. As CBS News reports,...

GOP Senator: Might Be Time for McConnell to Resign

McConnell's office says he will remain GOP leader at least until the next Congress

(Newser) - Some Republican senators say they've observed concerning changes in Mitch McConnell's behavior since he suffered a concussion and broken rib during a fall in March. Their concerns were exacerbated Wednesday when the Senate minority leader froze for around 20 seconds during a press conference. He gave no reason...

Report: McConnell Has Fallen at Least 3 Times This Year

He says he is 'fine' after freezing up at Wednesday press conference

(Newser) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday evening that he was "fine" after freezing up for around 20 seconds during his weekly press conference—but he didn't say whether he had seen a doctor after the incident, which has added to concerns about the 81-year-old Republican's health....

McConnell Freezes at Microphone
McConnell Freezes
at Microphone

McConnell Freezes at Microphone

Minority leader is helped back to his office, then returns to finish press conference

(Newser) - Sen. Mitch McConnell appeared to shut down during a press conference in the Capitol on Wednesday, falling into silence for about 20 seconds in the middle of a sentence until he was helped away. The minority leader was escorted back to his office by a colleague and finished the press...

McConnell, McCarthy Align on Debt Ceiling

Senator says he told Biden to reach a deal with speaker

(Newser) - Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has worked with President Biden before to avoid debt limit catastrophe, but he's yielding to the gentleman from California this time. McConnell told Politico he's informed the president he'll have to negotiate a solution with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy. "In the...

2 Senators Go Back to Work
2 Senators Go Back to Work

2 Senators Go Back to Work

Mitch McConnell, John Fetterman return to the Capitol after lengthy absences

(Newser) - The Senate is a little more full on Monday, but just as red and blue: Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and Pennsylvania Democrat John Fetterman will be back at work in the US Capitol on Monday, reports the AP . McConnell's return comes almost six weeks after a fall at...

Schumer, McConnell: Free US Reporter

Russia reports it's formally charged Evan Gershkovich

(Newser) - Senate leaders of both parties appealed Friday for the release of a Wall Street Journal reporter whom Russia said it has charged with spying. Evan Gershkovich pleaded not guilty Friday, saying he was operating only as a journalist, the state news agency TASS reported. The Federal Security Service was quoted...

Mitch McConnell Released From Hospital

He's now in an inpatient rehab facility

(Newser) - Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell was released from the hospital Monday after treatment for a concussion and will continue to recover in an inpatient rehabilitation facility, a spokesman said. McConnell's office said his doctors discovered over the weekend that he had also suffered a "minor rib fracture" after...

McConnell Suffered Concussion, Still Hospitalized

Senate Republican leader, 81, tripped and fell, will be in hospital a 'few days'

(Newser) - Mitch McConnell suffered a concussion when he fell at a Washington hotel and will remain hospitalized “for a few days of observation and treatment,” a spokesman said Thursday. The Senate Republican leader, 81, was at a private dinner Wednesday evening at the Waldorf Astoria in DC when he...

Under Pressure, Scott Removes Social Security From Sunset Plan

Both parties had attacked the idea of having to revote on programs every five years

(Newser) - After it received bipartisan criticism and was called out during the president's State of the Union address, the proposal by Sen. Rick Scott to put all federal programs on a five-year limit has been changed. The Republican's "Rescue America" plan now lists the "specific exceptions of...

GOP Picks Familiar Face to Rebut Biden Address

New Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders gets the nod

(Newser) - Republicans have chosen a Donald Trump supporter who won in November to give the party's rebuttal to President Biden's State of the Union address. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that the honor will go to Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, 40, her...

McConnell Celebrates Senate Milestone

Republican is now the longest-serving Senate leader in history

(Newser) - While the House was mired in multiple rounds of voting to select a new speaker Tuesday, things moved ahead smoothly in the Senate, where Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was celebrating a milestone. The 80-year-old became the longest-serving Senate leader in history, with 16 years as the top Senate Republican,...

McConnell Calls Out Trump on Midterms, Vows Changes

Senate minority leader promises to get behind 'quality candidates' for 2024, calls ex-president 'diminished'

(Newser) - Donald Trump was panned by pundits after the midterms, with one even calling him the "biggest loser" of the November elections after many of the candidates he endorsed struggled, fending off the red wave that Republicans had hoped for. Now, one of his party's biggest congressional names is...

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