Dems Worry They Have Less Than 2 Years Due to Poor Health

On March 21, 1950, an Illi­nois con­gress­man named Ralph Church sud­den­ly slumped in his seat while tes­ti­fy­ing before a House com­mit­tee. His col­leagues rushed to admin­is­ter aid, but he was pro­nounced dead of a heart attack at 66.

He was nei­ther the first nor the last mem­ber of Con­gress to die in office.

“You look back in his­to­ry, near­ly 1 in 10 mem­bers of Con­gress have,” said Jane L. Camp­bell, pres­i­dent of the U.S. Capi­tol His­tor­i­cal Society.

That his­to­ry has some Democ­rats wor­ried that deaths or ill­ness­es could derail Pres­i­dent Joe Biden’s efforts to pass ambi­tious bills through Con­gress, which his par­ty con­trols by the nar­row­est mar­gins in decades.

“Our abil­i­ty to make good on Biden’s agen­da is pret­ty much dan­gling by a thread,” said Bri­an Fal­lon, a for­mer aide to Sen. Chuck Schumer, D‑N.Y., the major­i­ty leader. “I don’t think it’s uncouth to talk about it. I think it’s a real­i­ty that has to inform the urgency with which we approach those issues.”… (Read more)


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