McConnell defers consideration of Senate health care bill due to McCain's absence

McConnell defers consideration of Senate health care bill due to McCain's absence

But Sen. John McCain announced Saturday he would be staying in Arizona following surgery for a blood clot. "On the advice of his doctors, Senator McCain will be recovering in Arizona next week", the statement said.

Two Republican senators - Rand Paul of Kentucky and Susan Collins of ME - have already announced opposition to proceeding to the most version of the health care reconciliation bill.

McCain has expressed concern about the healthcare bill but has not said how he would vote.

With McCain away, unless one of those two senators changes their mind, Senate Republican leaders won't be able to meet the 50-vote threshold needed to begin debate on the bill.

As for McCain, there were plenty of well wishes for the Senator from Arizona.

"The Senator is resting comfortably at home and is in good condition". A spokesman for McConnell did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the impact of McCain's absence.

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The hospital said tissue pathology reports would be available within the next several days. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Sen.

McCain's office in a statement said he is doing well after undergoing surgery to remove a blood clot from his eye on Friday.

The Mayo Clinic said surgeons used a minimally invasive craniotomy to remove the blood clot.

Four other more moderate Senators - Portman of Ohio, Murkowski of Alaska, Capito of West Virginia and Heller of Nevada remain undecided about their votes.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had been planning to hold a key procedural vote this week on the GOP healthcare bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

"Senator McCain received excellent treatment at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix, and appreciates the tremendous professionalism and care by its doctors and staff".

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