McConnell Returning To Congress?

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( – On Monday, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) returned to the Senate floor following a close to six-week absence caused by his accident on March 8, which led to him suffering from a concussion.

McConnell, 81, started his opening remarks by stating that: “It’s good to be back.” He proceeded to thank all of his colleagues “for their warm wishes” and even joked about his injury. McConnell tripped during a private dinner at the Waldorf Astoria, which ultimately led to his concussion. As he joked, “This wasn’t the first time that being hardheaded has served me very well.” He continued by stating that they were blessed to be serving in Congress and serving their home states and country.

Following his fall, McConnell was swiftly taken to the hospital. From there he was discharged to an in-patient rehabilitation facility on March 13 and he was allowed to return home on March 25.

During this first speech on the floor since being back, McConnell pointed out that there were important issues that needed to be handled, including securing the southern border, “fighting crime, curbing inflation, and investing in “America’s strength and security.”

He also criticized President Biden for his refusal to negotiate with Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) over a possible increase in the debt ceiling. On that same day, McCarthy discussed the House Republicans’ plan for the debt limit during a speech at the New York Stock Exchange. He further added that “The White House needs to stop wasting time and start negotiating with the Speaker of the House.”

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