McConnell defers action on healthcare vote after McCain surgery

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Sen. John McCain‘s absence from the Senate as he recovers from surgery for a blood clot has led the GOP leadership to postpone consideration of healthcare legislation that is already on the brink.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Saturday night that he was deferring action on the measure as McCain recovers at his home in Arizona. Surgeons in Phoenix removed a blood clot from above McCain’s left eye Friday. The 80-year-old Republican senator was advised by doctors to remain in Arizona next week, his office said.

“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.

A close vote had already been predicted to pass the GOP healthcare bill, with all Democrats and independents coming out against it and some Republicans opposed or undecided. With the GOP holding a 52-48 majority, they can afford to lose only two Republicans. Vice President Mike Pence would break a tie for final passage.

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

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McConnell defers action on healthcare vote after McCain surgery

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