Lawmakers Are Reportedly Preparing for Mitch McConnell’s Retirement

Lawmakers Are Reportedly Preparing for Mitch McConnell's Retirement

( – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has been serving in Congress for more than 38 years. During this time, he has been instrumental in getting legislation passed, often working with the Left to do so. However, there’s speculation that he might soon be stepping down, and lawmakers are reportedly preparing for his retirement.

In early March, McConnell was at a private dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in Washington, DC, when he suffered a serious fall. He was hospitalized with a concussion and has yet to return to his duties. This has caused rumblings that he might not be able to and that it’s imperative to prepare for a leadership vote to replace him. Senators John Thune (R-SD), John Cornyn (R-TX), and John Barrasso (R-WY) have reportedly already started talks with their fellow Republicans about the issue, according to The Spectator. They were also reportedly inquiring about the rules to replace him and how to structure such a vote.

McConnell is 81 years old and has suffered a few injuries in the past few years, including a fractured shoulder in 2019. Some have also questioned his age as one of the oldest people in Congress currently. His departure, whether from his leadership role or from the Senate entirely, would spark a leadership vote.

McConnell, perhaps in an attempt to quash the rumors, tweeted on April 13 that he planned to return to work on April 17.

McConnell isn’t the only octogenarian under the microscope. Democrats have called for Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to resign, as well. Feinstein has been out since March, when she was hospitalized with a case of shingles. She has reportedly not been cleared by her doctor to return and has chosen to work from her San Francisco home. However, her absence has held up some important votes for the Senate Judiciary Committee, which she sits on. This year alone, she has missed 60 out of 82 votes. She is currently the oldest in Congress at 89.

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