McCain to remain in Arizona as Senate moves toward healthcare vote

McCain to remain in Arizona as Senate moves toward healthcare vote

McCain to remain in Arizona as Senate moves toward healthcare vote

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on how the healthcare vote might be affected.

The prospect of voting on the health-care bill in the coming days was cast into doubt late Saturday when the office of Sen. John McCain will be recovering in Arizona after having a blood clot from above his left eye removed.

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.

McCain's office in a statement said he is doing well after undergoing surgery to remove a blood clot from his eye on Friday.

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Lawmakers had said they hoped to hold a procedural vote next week to begin debate on the contentious healthcare bill, but McCain's absence could complicate that plan. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell needs 50 "yes" votes for passage in a chamber that the Republicans control by a 52-48 margin.

McCain, 80, had the procedure done at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix following an annual physical. "In the meantime, Cheryl and I extend our best wishes to John, Cindy and the entire McCain family and pray for his speedy recovery". "Surgeons successfully removed the 5-cm blood clot during a minimally invasive craniotomy with an eyebrow incision", the Mayo Clinic said in a statement.

McCain said in a statement Thursday: "The revised Senate health care bill released today does not include the measures I have been advocating for on behalf of the people of Arizona".

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