McCain has blood clot removed, may miss health care vote

Pauline Gross
July 16, 2017

"Praying for a speedy recovery for my friend", said Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., leaves a meeting of GOP senators in the US capitol on June 22, when most Republican senators were given their first opportunity to look at legislation aimed at overhauling the Affordable Care Act during the closed door meeting. Pathology reports on the clot were expected in the next several days.

The news about McCain came a few hours after President Trump had used his Saturday radio address to again put public pressure on reluctant GOP Senators to support the Republican health care bill.

Senate Republicans unveiled a revised version of their health care bill Thursday, and GOP leaders had planned a vote (or at least to take the procedural steps toward a vote) in the upcoming week. "John McCain underwent a procedure to remove a blood clot from above his left eye on Friday, July 14 at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix", according to a statement late Saturday.

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CNN reached out to McConnell's office to see whether McCain's absence would have any impact on GOP plans.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced this week he was extending the Senate's sessions for two weeks, cutting the August recess short. "He is in good spirits and recovering comfortably at home with his family", McCain's office said in a statement. Doctors at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Arizona described the procedure as "minimally invasive" and said it went "very well".

McCain's office said in a statement that on the advice of his doctors, the senator will be recovering in Arizona next week.

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