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McConnell sent to rehab after concussion and broken ribs

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will be sent to an inpatient rehabilitation center after being treated in hospital for a concussion and a broken rib.

McConnell, 81, was rushed to hospital last week after tripping during a private reception and dinner at a Washington, D.C. hotel hosted by the Senate Leadership Fund, a fund for Senate campaign closely aligned with his political position.

“Chief McConnell’s concussion recovery is proceeding well and the Chief was discharged from hospital today,” McConnell communications director David Popp said in a statement. “During treatment over the weekend, the leader’s medical team discovered that he also suffered a minor rib fracture on Wednesday, which he is also being treated for.”

“On the advice of his doctor, the next step will be a period of physiotherapy at an inpatient rehabilitation facility before he returns home,” Popp said.

McConnell’s continued absence will impact the Republican minority in the Senate. Until McConnell returns, Republicans will have just 48 lawmakers to fight Democratic policies. Democrats control the Senate with 51 votes.

Especially the senses. John Fetterman (D-PA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) have been out for over a week but would return soon. Their sick leave gave Senate Republicans leverage over the slim Democratic majority in the Senate.

First elected in 1984, McConnell became the longest-serving Senate party leader in history after winning January’s re-election as Senate GOP leader, despite 10 defectors voting for challenger Rick Scott (R-FL), the first votes against McConnell.

Under McConnell’s leadership, the nation has gone through challenges. The national debt rose by more than $20 trillion, illegal immigration persisted, real wages for American workers remained stagnant, Obamacare was signed into law in 2010, major banks were bailed out in 2008, social media companies have silenced individuals without repercussions, and Dr. Anthony Fauci remains irresponsible for allegedly twice lying to Congress.

Follow Wendell Husebo on Twitter @WendellHusebo. He is the author of Politics of slave morality.


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