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McConnell Trips, Breaks His Shoulder

Senate majority leader will work from home for now, rep says
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 5, 2019 3:48 AM CDT
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In this Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019 photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., addresses the audience gathered at the Fancy Farm Picnic in Fancy Farm, Ky.   (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

(Newser) – US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is recovering at home in Kentucky after suffering a shoulder fracture in a fall Sunday, a spokesman said. McConnell tripped on his outdoor patio at his Louisville home Sunday morning, and has been treated and released after getting medical attention, said David Popp, a spokesman for the Kentucky Republican. Popp's emailed statement said the 77-year-old McConnell is working from home in Louisville and "will continue to work from home" for now, the AP reports. The statement didn't elaborate on where he received help or what treatment he received or the expected time needed for recovery.

The statement said McConnell has expressed his sympathies to the people of El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, following the recent mass shootings in those communities and that he had been in touch with two Senate colleagues for those states. McConnell returned to Kentucky after the Senate began a five-week recess Thursday, hailing the chamber for a hard-won budget deal that staves off a possible government shutdown. But McConnell, who is up for re-election next year and has aligned himself closely with President Trump, has recently been criticized for blocking election security legislation aimed at protecting the nation's political system against foreign attacks. On Saturday the sixth-term senator attended Kentucky's premier political event, where some Democrats wore "Moscow Mitch" shirts depicting the communist-era hammer and sickle and others heckled McConnell.

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