The 81-year-old Republican was giving his weekly remarks to reporters when he paused mid-sentence and stood silently for about 30 seconds. His colleagues crowded around to see if he was OK, and Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., a medical doctor, asked him if he wanted to go back to his office.
McConnell eventually shook his head and continued with his remarks, but he appeared to be struggling to speak. He later told reporters that he was “fine” and that he had just felt lightheaded.
McConnell’s health scare comes after he suffered a concussion in March after falling at a Washington, D.C., hotel. He was hospitalized for several days and had to miss several votes in the Senate.
Some observers have raised concerns that McConnell’s health may be declining, but the senator has said that he is in good health and that he plans to continue serving in the Senate.