“Any time a senator on our side is not there, it’s potentially challenging,” McConnell said at an event in Louisville.
The timeline of Paul’s return came into question when initial reports of a minor injury following a weekend altercation with a neighbor evolved into the senator having five cracked ribs.
Reporters also noted the ongoing health challenges of Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi, to which McConnell replied, “We need all hands on deck, all the time.”
The 79-year-old Cochran has been in and out since Sept. 18 battling a urological issue.
Another ailing Republican senator is expected back at the Capitol Monday with a walking boot.
Sen. John McCain was treated over the weekend for a minor tear in his Achilles tendon and cancer-treatment side effects, according to a statement released by the Arizona Republican’s office.