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In Congress It’s Age Before Duty

The other day we had a cartoon in the Hotline depicting the domed Capitol in Washington D.C. as a nursing home. I was funny because it’s unfortunately becoming accurate.

Recent health issues surrounding Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and California Senator Dianne Feinstein should make us worry about the gerontocracy that sits atop America’s government.

The median age of a U.S. Senator is now 65.3 years old. That’s up from 62.4 years old as recently as 2017, the first year of the Trump presidency. More senators have been eligible for Social Security than not for years.

Mike Kim, owner of Grubb’s Pharmacy in Washington, DC, told STAT News in 2017 that he routinely ships medication for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia to members on Capitol Hill through a contract he has with the Office of the Attending Physician of the United States Congress.

We desperately need a three or four term limit for House members and a two term (of six years each) limit on the Senate. As our co-founder Steve Forbes has always said: “a pond needs constant fresh water or it develop algae.”

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