September 7, 2023

McConnell Plans to Finish His Term Despite Recent Health Concerns

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Wednesday that he intends to finish his term through the end of 2026.

McConnell shared the comments in response to questions from reporters following his recent health concern when he froze for a second time during a press conference.

"I'm going to finish my term as leader, and I'm going to finish my Senate term," McConnell, 81, said.

"His term as Senate minority leader concludes at the end of 2024. McConnell’s appearance is the first in the Capitol following the GOP conference’s weekly luncheon since his first freeze-up at the end of July, prior to the Senate’s 40-day recess. McConnell froze up again while answering reporters’ questions in his home state of Kentucky last week," according to Fox News.

“The last freeze-up, it puts a question in everybody’s mind whether he can do it or not,” Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., told The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday.

“We need a good quarterback,” added the former football coach turned senator.

The attending physician for Congress said there was no evidence McConnell suffered a stroke and that the senator was cleared to perform his work.

Others have not been convinced, including Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) who said he disagreed with the diagnosis.

The recent freeze was the second by McConnell in recent weeks. The senator also experienced a concussion in March after a fall that has been mentioned as a potential factor in his health issues.

The latest remarks from McConnell show he has no plans to step down but also reveals the upcoming need for a new Republican Senate leader to continue after his term ends.

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