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McConnell: Top US Senate Republican Mitch McConnell hospitalized after fall – Usky News

Washington: US executive committee Republican leader Mitch McConnell has been hospitalized after tripping and collapsing at a Washington hotel on Wednesday, his spokesman said in a statement.
“Tonight, leader mcconnell Stuck at a local hotel during a private dinner. He has been admitted to the hospital where he is undergoing treatment.”
The 81-year-old Kentucky Republican’s legislative prowess has rattled several Democratic primaries over the years, both when his party held a majority in the chamber and when Democrats held the lead, as they currently do.
He has long been loathed by Democrats, particularly for his tactics that allowed Republicans to form a 6-3 conservative majority on the US Supreme Court. But he has also largely drawn the ire of Donald Trump to discredit the Republican former president’s false claims that his 2020 election defeat was the result of fraud.
Republicans now have a 222-213 majority in the US House of Representatives, McConnell has so far been on the sidelines in the debate over raising the nation’s burgeoning $31.4 trillion debt limit, leaving talks with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and Democratic President Joe Biden.
Currently serving his seventh term, which runs until 2026, McConnell is the third US senator to be hospitalized in recent weeks.
democrat John Fetterman is currently being treated for depression, while Dianne Feinstein, also a Democrat, was recently discharged home after a bout with shingles.
Democrats, including three independents who voted with them, hold a 51-49 majority in the chamber.
McConnell was first elected to the Senate in 1984. He served as the Senate Majority Leader from 2015 to 2021 and has been the Senate Minority Leader since then.
A former judge-executive from Jefferson County, Kentucky, McConnell has also helped rapidly overhaul the federal judiciary during his nearly four decades in the Senate.
After winning their narrow majority in the House in last November’s elections, Republicans conducted 15 rounds of voting before the election. McCarthy as a speaker. Senate Republicans, by contrast, easily re-elected McConnell.


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