Members of Senate will reportedly delay a vote on the Republican health-care bill that was set for this coming week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Saturday.
The delay is because Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona had surgery July 14 to remove a blood clot above his eye, Mayo Clinic in Phoenix said in a statement.
Following a routine annual physical, Sen. 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. Surgeons successfully removed the 5-cm blood clot during a minimally invasive craniotomy with an eyebrow incision. Tissue pathology reports are pending within the next several days.
McCain, 80, is “resting comfortably at home and is in good condition,” the statement went on to read.
Following the surgery, McCain sang the Mayo Clinc’s praises for the “excellent treatment” he received at the hospital.
“(McCain) appreciates the tremendous professionalism and care by its doctors and staff,” McCain’s office said in a statement released July 15. “He is in good spirits and recovering comfortably at home with his family. On the advice of his doctors, Senator McCain will be recovering in Arizona next week.”
McCain’s absence from the Senate floor means that McConnell and Republicans must further delay a vote on the controversial health-care bill that it had been trying for over two months to pass.
McConnell said in a statement that the Senate “will continue (their) work on legislative items and nominations and will defer consideration of the Better Care Act.”
With 52 Republicans sitting in the house, McConnell can’t afford to lose more than two GOP votes in order for the bill to pass. That’s because Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Susan Collins of Main previously said they would oppose the bill when it is up for vote.
“As far as I can tell, the new bill is the same as the old bill,” Paul said during a conference call with reporters July 12. “I can’t support it.”