Published: Sun, July 16, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

McCain to remain in Arizona as Senate moves toward healthcare vote

McCain to remain in Arizona as Senate moves toward healthcare vote

John McCain (R-Ariz.) said the senator would be in Arizona next week recovering from surgery to remove a blood clot from above his left eye.

Two Republican senators - Rand Paul (Ky.) and Susan Collins (Maine) - have said they do not intend to vote yes to proceed to the bill.

McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, was resting comfortably at home in good condition after the Friday operation, according to doctors at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix.

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.

McCain, who turns 81 next month, will be recovering at home in Arizona next week, as the Senate debates and possibly votes on an Obamacare repeal.

Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tweeted that the Senate will work on other legislative issues and nominations, and "will defer consideration of the Better Care Act" while McCain is recovering.

"Senator McCain received excellent treatment at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix, and appreciates the tremendous professionalism and care by its doctors and staff".

A close vote had already been predicted for the GOP health care bill, with all Democrats and independents coming out against it and some Republicans opposed or undecided. His surgeons removed the clot during a minimally invasive craniotomy through an incision in the 80-year-old lawmaker's eyebrow. "Tissue pathology reports are pending within the next several days", the statement from the Mayo Clinic read.

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