Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is back home after undergoing physical therapy at an inpatient center following a fall, the senator said in a statement Saturday.
McConnell, 81, fell during a Senate Leadership Fund reception three weeks ago and was hospitalized after sustaining a concussion and minor rib fracture. He was discharged from the hospital five days later and entered an inpatient rehabilitation facility at the advice of his physician.
“I want to sincerely thank everyone for all the kind wishes. I’m happy to say I finished inpatient physical therapy earlier today and I’m glad to be home,” McConnell said in the Saturday statement. “I’m going to follow the advice of my physical therapists and spend the next few days working for Kentuckians and the Republican Conference from home. I’m in frequent touch with my Senate colleagues and my staff. I look forward to returning in person to the Senate soon.”
According to an aide, McConnell will not return to the Senate before its two-week recess that begins on April 3, POLITICO reported. He will discuss his upcoming return with physical therapists, who will help make that determination, the aide added.
McConnell was hospitalized at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C., and said his recovery was “proceeding well.” Republican colleagues who have spoken with the minority leader said he is eager to return to the Senate.
“He sounded very sharp,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) said of a call he had with McConnell. “I think just frustrated, as you might imagine, having to go through all this,” he said, adding, “I told him not to be in a big hurry, because we’re not doing anything here.”
McConnell is a polio survivor and sometimes suffers injuries related to his balance issues, including a fractured shoulder from a fall at his Kentucky home in 2019.
McConnell’s hospitalization comes as Sens. John Fetterman (D-PA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) have both been hospitalized in recent weeks.
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Feinstein was admitted to a medical facility on March 2 in San Francisco after being diagnosed with shingles, she said in a statement. She reportedly is now back at her home recovering.
Fetterman checked himself into the hospital on the night of February 15 at the recommendation of the attending physician of the United States Congress after experiencing symptoms of severe depression. NBC News reported that Fetterman was expected to be hospitalized for weeks. In a statement Thursday, Fetterman spokesman Joe Calvello said the senator will be released in “over a week but soon,” adding that “recovery is going really well.”
Ryan Saavedra contributed to this report.