MCCONNELL: John McCain Will Be Back With Us Soon

Pauline Gross
July 17, 2017

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he will delay consideration of health care legislation in the Senate. John McCain returns to Washington.

After a routine annual physical, McCain underwent a procedure Friday at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix to remove a blood clot from above his left eye, his office said in a news release. The surgery was described as a "minimally invasive craniotomy with an eyebrow incision".

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on how the healthcare vote might be affected. Pathology reports on the clot were expected in the next several days.

"While John is recovering, the Senate will continue our work on legislative items and nominations, and will defer consideration of the Better Care Act", McConnell said in a statement.

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

McCain's absence cast doubt on whether the Senate would be able to pass the legislation to dismantle and replace Obamacare.

A revised version of the Republican health-care bill was revealed Thursday in hope for a procedural and then a final vote by senators in coming weeks amid a much-delayed GOP agenda. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Sen. With McCain away, unless one of those two senators changes their mind, Senate Republican leaders are unlikely to meet the 50-vote threshold needed to begin debate on the bill. Doctors are advising McCain stay in Arizona next week to recover. "In the meantime, Cheryl and I extend our best wishes to John, Cindy and the entire McCain family and pray for his speedy recovery".

"Thanks to @MayoClinic for its excellent care - I appreciate your support & look forward to getting back to work!"

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