McConnell Defers Senate Health Bill Consideration After McCain's Surgery

McCain to miss week likely delaying healthcare vote

McConnell needs 50 "yes" votes for passage in a chamber the Republicans control by a 52-48 margin.

Responding to the issue, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement late Saturday that the Senate will defer consideration of the health care bill.

US Senator John McCain will remain in Arizona next week to recuperate from a medical procedure that removed a 2-inch blood clot above his left eye, his office announced in a statement on Saturday.

The Senate will postpone debate on the GOP bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act until Sen.

Republican leaders have said they want to vote on the bill, or at least to take the procedural steps toward a vote, by next week.

McConnell's announcement follows the news that McCain would be recovering in Arizona next week, according to a statement from his office.

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Mayo Clinic Hospital doctors said Saturday that McCain underwent a "minimally invasive" procedure to remove the almost 2-inch (5-centimeter) clot, and that the surgery went "very well".

According to the hospital, the surgery went "very well" and McCain is in "good spirits". "Tissue pathology reports are pending within the next several days". "On the advice of his doctors, Senator McCain will be recovering in Arizona next week".

Surgeons removed the clot during a minimally invasive craniotomy through an incision in the 80-year-old lawmaker's eyebrow.

Two Republicans, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Susan Collins of ME, have already said they'll vote against the measure.

"I have never known a man more tenacious and resilient than John McCain", Jeff Flake said.

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