Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) suffered a fracture to his shoulder after falling outside his home in Louisville, Kentucky, on Sunday, Aug. 4, and is now recovering at home.
McConnell’s spokesman David Popp said in a statement, “This morning, Leader McConnell tripped at home on his outside patio and suffered a fractured shoulder. He has been treated, released, and is working from home in Louisville.”
McConnell, 77, was hospitalized after the fall. He traveled to his home state Kentucky on Friday to spend the five-week recess.
The statement also said McConnell contacted Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) to “express his deepest sympathies for the people of El Paso and Dayton and discuss the senseless tragedies of this weekend.”
Two mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and in Dayton, Ohio left 29 people dead and many others wounded.
Several Democratic lawmakers called on McConnell to bring senators back from recess for an emergency session to pass the universal background check bill.
McConnell is seeking his seventh term in the Senate. He is facing a challenge from Democrat Amy McGrath, a former Kentucky congressional candidate and Marine fighter pilot.