Top Republican Hospitalized

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On Wednesday night, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) was hospitalized after he tripped and fell while attending a private dinner in Washington, D.C.

A spokesperson for the Senator told the Hill that the Senator was at the hospital in order to receive treatment.

There was not a lot of information about McConnell’s injury or recovery time made available. However, this is not the first time that the Senator has had to face such an accident. In 2019, the then-77-year-old senator sustained a shoulder fracture following a fall. As a result, he worked from home for a few weeks as he recovered from the surgery.

During the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, McConnell had revealed that as a child he had been treated for polio, which had throughout his adulthood made navigating stairs harder. It is not yet clear whether this latest injury would lead to the Senate Republican leader needing to be away from the upper chamber. The Democrats already have control of the Senate in a 51-49 majority.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) was also hospitalized recently for shingles. She has now been released back to her home where she will be recovering. Sen. John Fetterman (D-PA), who previously suffered a stroke on the campaign trail, was also hospitalized last month, but the doctors stated that his lightheadedness was not a symptom of another possible stroke. A few days later, he checked himself into the hospital to be treated for clinical depression.