The nation is getting closer to the midterm elections later this year, when the entirety of the House of Representatives and one-third of the Senate will be up for grabs. Democrats, of course, hope to become the majority party in either one or both houses of Congress in order to be able to throw a stick in the implementation of the president’s agenda.
As the nation continues on towards the midterms, there’s now a serious, personal issue for at least some interests to deal with first. The top Democrat on the House Rules Committee, Rep. Louise Slaughter of Western New York, has passed away, according to a statement from her office.
Earlier in the week, she was reported to have fallen in her home and suffered a concussion, subsequently being hospitalized. Her chief of staff issued a statement in her honor reading:
‘To have met Louise Slaughter is to have known a force of nature. She was a relentless advocate for Western New York whose visionary leadership brought infrastructure upgrades, technology and research investments, and two federal manufacturing institutes to Rochester that will transform the local economy for generations to come.’
Rep. Slaughter’s sudden passing serves as a stark reminder of the fundamental humanity of Congress. High profile members like Arizona’s GOP U.S. Senator John McCain suffer from their own serious health conditions that also serve as a reminder of this fact. McCain — who has found himself at odds with the White House in the past — was diagnosed with brain cancer recently.
Sen. McCain intends to stay on at the Senate; others, however, like Senator Thad Cochran have chosen to retire in the face of their own health issues.
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