US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
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U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell "is medically clear to continue with his schedule as planned," the attending physician to the Congress said on Thursday, one day after McConnell froze up at an event in his home state of Kentucky.

The incident had raised fresh questions about the health of the top Senate Republican, 81, who had similarly frozen up a month earlier during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol.

McConnell had also been sidelined from Congress in March, after he had tripped and was hospitalized for a concussion and a minor rib fracture. He returned to the Senate in April.

US President Joe Biden said McConnell sounded like his old self on the phone and he was confident the senator would get back to the way he was.