Mitch McConnell Announces Return To Senate After Suffering Concussion In Fall
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., conducts a news conference after the senate luncheons in the U.S. Capitol Building on Tuesday, March 7, 2023.
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced plans to return to the upper chamber next week after more than a month spent recovering from a fall.

“I am looking forward to returning to the Senate on Monday,” McConnell said in a tweet on Thursday. “We’ve got important business to tackle and big fights to win for Kentuckians and the American people.”

McConnell, 81, has been recuperating after his office announced in early March that the senator tripped and fell during a private dinner at a hotel in Washington, D.C.

McConnell suffered a concussion and a minor rib fracture, according to his office. McConnell was discharged from a hospital a couple days later, and on March 26, the senator said he was back home after undergoing physical therapy at an inpatient center.

At the time, McConnell said he would follow advice of his physical therapists and spend “the next few days working for Kentuckians and the Republican Conference from home.”

McConnell also said he was in “frequent touch with my Senate colleagues and my staff” and that he looked “forward to returning in person to the Senate soon.”

McConnell, a polio survivor who also fractured his shoulder during a fall at his Kentucky home in 2019, isn’t the only senator who has been away from Capitol Hill in recent weeks while recovering from a medical ailment.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), an 89-year-old who has been dealing with complications from shingles, asked Democratic leadership on Wednesday to temporarily replace her on the Judiciary Committee, where there has been a holdup on judicial nominees. Feinstein released her statement shortly after Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) called on her to resign, saying, “it is obvious she can no longer fulfill her duties.”


Sen. John Fetterman (D-PA), 53, is expected to return to the Senate next week after receiving more than a month of inpatient treatment for depression, according to POLITICO.

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