Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky was hospitalized Wednesday night after a trip to a hotel in Washington, D.C., his spokesman said.
“This evening, President McConnell passed out during a private dinner at a local hotel,” spokesman David Popp said in a brief statement early Thursday. “He has been admitted to hospital where he is receiving treatment.”
No details on the 81-year-old Republican’s health were immediately available. In 2019, Mr. McConnell performed the surgery.
Before Wednesday’s accident, Mr. McConnell stayed in the Capitol late into the evening, helping Republicans secure a victory: an overwhelming Senate vote to replace the District of Columbia’s new criminal law, which lowers minimum sentences for some violent crimes.
The vote sent the measure to President Biden’s desk. Mr. Biden initially opposed the legislation, but he abruptly reversed course last week and said he would sign it, a move Mr. McConnell explained Wednesday.Flipping.”
Thursday’s crash removed Mr. Trump from the Senate, where Democrats hold a 51-49 majority.
Senator John Fetterman of Pennsylvania, a first-term Democrat who has been working remotely for several weeks while receiving treatment for clinical depression, was unable to vote because he was physically absent from the Senate. Last week, Mr. In the absence of Fetterman and other Democratic senators, Vice President Kamala Harris A tiebreaking vote was cast Mr. In two of Biden’s judicial appointments.
Former Majority Leader Mr. McConnell is the longest-serving Senate Republican leader in history. Last year, he won re-election as the party’s Senate leader, holding off Sen. Rick Scott of Florida in his first challenge since assuming the Republican leadership post in 2007.
Luke Broadwater Contributed report.