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Age limit for Congress? Recent incidents spike debate

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Recent health episodes involving two veteran United States Senators, Mitch McConnell, 81, R-Ky., and Dianne Feinstein, 90, D-Calif., have sparked a discussion about possible age restrictions for congressional service.

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McConnell experienced an unexplained pause during a GOP press conference, while Feinstein seemingly read remarks instead of casting a vote during a Senate committee meeting.

These incidents have raised queries about their capacity to fulfill their roles and the broader issue of whether Congressional service should be age-bound.

S. Jay Olshansky, a professor of public health at the University of Illinois at Chicago, suggests age shouldn’t be the primary parameter for service eligibility. Instead, he advocates for a focus on representatives’ capabilities to perform their roles effectively.

Amid these incidents, President Joe Biden, the oldest president in U.S history at 80, seeks re-election, adding to the broader debate about age and political service.