Capitol Physician Clears Mitch McConnell After Second Freeze Before Cameras

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Capitol Physician Clears Mitch McConnell After Second Freeze Before Cameras


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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has been medically cleared to continue his public schedule by the Congressional attending physician, according to The Hill.

McConnell, 81, froze during a press conference while addressing a question of whether he would run for re-election in 2026, being unable to speak or move further, before being led away by his staff and Capitol Police security detail. After consulting with Congress’ top doctor, McConnell has been medically cleared by him to continue his public schedule, The Hill reported on Thursday.

“After evaluating yesterday’s incident, I have informed Leader McConnell that he is medically clear to continue with his schedule as planned,” Brian Monahan, the attending physician, said in a statement, according to The Hill. “Occasional lightheadedness is not uncommon in concussion recovery and can also be expected as a result of dehydration.”

The incident is the second public freeze by McConnell on live television. The first occurred on July 26 during a press conference with leaders of the Senate Republican Conference, after which he was led away before returning to claim that he was “fine.”

McConnell’s team said on Thursday that he would consult with a physician before continuing any events, according to WBALTV 11. Congress is currently in a summer recess and the Senate will convene for regular business on Sept. 5.

McConnell’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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