Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell can continue to work after a second public incident in which he fainted, according to a report by Congressional attending physician Dr. Brian Monahan.
The physician said in a statement that he had consulted with McConnell and his neurologist and cleared McConnell to continue with his duties.
At Wednesday’s news conference, McConnell, 81, was frozen For about 30 seconds, nothing was said.
A spokesman later said the senator was feeling dizzy at the time and would consult a doctor.
This is the second time in about two months that McConnell has frozen on camera. In July, he was speaking to reporters in Washington when he suddenly stopped for about 20 seconds. In such a situation, he was removed from the camera.
He later told reporters that he was fine.
In March, McConnell fell at a dinner event and suffered a concussion and broke a rib.
McConnell, who shares little about personal health matters, called several members of congressional leadership after Wednesday’s incident.
While most Republicans still publicly support McConnell in Congress, repeated health incidents have fueled speculation about whether he will seek re-election, and who might replace him in the Republican leadership role.
In this latest incident, McConnell faints when a reporter asks him his thoughts on his re-election chances for 2026.