(UnitedVoice.com) – Term limits on members of Congress are a hot topic. As members of the federal legislature age, some are wondering if it’s necessary to have other guardrails in place to ensure Americans have the best representation. Recently, one of the GOP presidential candidates went on the attack after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) suffered a health incident while speaking.
During a press conference on August 30, McConnell stopped speaking suddenly. He appeared frozen for nearly 30 seconds, not responding as two aides and reporters spoke to him. It was the second time he froze during a press conference in as many months.
Senator Mitch McConnell freezes up again during a press conference. pic.twitter.com/Lbz2lkMBPC
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GOP primary candidate and former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley appeared on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” She discussed what happened to the 81-year-old Republican senator and pointed to the health problems that kept 90-year-old Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) home for months. Haley called on the older members of Congress to leave and “let a younger generation take over,” She explained the younger lawmakers want to ensure the country has a “strong national security, to make sure we have a stronger economic policy, [and] to make sure that America is safe.”
The former governor went on to say the issue isn’t a problem facing just one party, it’s “a congressional problem.” She explained that there should be term limits and the older lawmakers, like McConnell and Feinstein, should “know when to leave.” She believes there should be mental competency tests that require lawmakers to say how many grandkids they have and to “name four words that start with the same letter.”
During an appearance on Fox News’ “The Story,” Haley called the Senate “the most privileged nursing home in the country.” She said every lawmaker over 75 years old should have to take a mental competency test, pointing out that they are the people making decisions about the country’s national security and the economy.
Capitol Physician Dr. Brian Monahan told reporters McConnell’s freezing episodes weren’t related to age, but were instead because of his recovery from a concussion suffered earlier this year. The doctor said feeling lightheaded, as the senator said he felt, is normal during the recovery process.
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