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McConnell devoted only a passing comment to his public health scares during Tuesday's Senate address


Facing increasing questions over his health status. Sen. Mitch McConnell spoke to colleagues on Senate floor Tuesday following the August recess. The comments come after a new report from the Capitol’s attending physician assessing the leader’s condition.

Amid a fast-approaching high-stakes battle over government funding, political observers are wondering aloud about McConnell’s ability to perform his job – following two episodes where the senator froze while taking questions from the press.

The leader dispensed with the chatter in a single line in Tuesday’s remarks, with no further comment.

"One particular moment of my time back home has received its fair share of attention in the press over the past week," the senator said." "But I assume you August was a busy and productive month for me and my staff back in the commonwealth."

The appearance came hours after Capitol physician Brian Monahan provided more details about the tests McConnell has undergone and what’s known about his health. In a letter, Monahan said there was no evidence the GOP leader suffered a stroke or seizure. The letter goes on to say McConnell underwent a brain MRI and consulted with a team of neurologists.

McConnell’s office has chalked both freezing instances up to “lightheadedness,” possibly connected to the senator’s fall and concussion earlier this year which required hospitalization.

While Republicans – and Democratic President Joe Biden – have rallied around their colleague, expressing confidence he’s able to continue work, skepticism is on the rise in some circles. Editors of the conservative National Review have said the 81-year-old lawmaker should step aside.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.