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Mitch McConnell’s health scare revives debate on term limits in Congress

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s suspected health scare on Wednesday has rekindled the debate on term limits for Congress.

The 81-year-old Republican, a polio survivor, paused suddenly during a news conference at the Capitol, standing silent for about 20 seconds.

He later reassured reporters he felt “fine”, attributing the pause to feeling light-headed. This incident, along with a recent episode where 90-year-old Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., seemed confused during a committee vote, has reignited conversations about the potential age and health concerns in the upper echelons of government.

Despite the president’s tenure already being limited to two terms, there is a growing push in Washington to apply similar limitations to Congress members. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has proposed a constitutional amendment limiting members of the House to three two-year terms and Senators to two six-year terms. Opponents argue that such restrictions could deprive the system of experienced and knowledgeable incumbents. However, public sentiment seems to lean towards implementing term limits; a University of Maryland poll indicates that 83% of Americans favor a Constitutional amendment on term limits for Members of Congress.

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