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McCain in 'good spirits' after undergoing surgery for blood clot

Image John McCain John Cornyn McCain to miss week, likely delaying healthcare vote
Sammy Stanley | 16 July, 2017, 06:20

McCain's office in a statement said he is doing well after undergoing surgery to remove a blood clot from his eye on Friday. He is in good spirits and recovering comfortably at home with his family. "Tissue pathology reports are pending within the next several days", the statement from the Mayo Clinic read.

FILE - In this July 11, 2017 file photo, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen.

U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, will be in Arizona next week as Republican senators seek to move their health care bill forward.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell's office also did not immediately respond to a request for comment on how the healthcare vote might be affected. Doctors at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Arizona described the procedure as "minimally invasive" and said it went "very well".

Two of the 52 GOP senators have already said they will oppose the legislation. With McCain away, unless one of those two senators changes their mind, Senate Republican leaders are unlikely to meet the 50-vote threshold needed to begin debate on the bill. Vice President Mike Pence would break a tie for final passage. Rand Paul (R-KY) have said they will not vote to start debate on the bill.

Guns N' Roses cancel Jerusalem tour after deadly terror attack
All Israeli settlements are illegal under global law as they are built on land stolen from the Palestinians. Hussein's son Jihad Hussein told AFP his father had been taken to a police station near the Old City.

A procedural vote expected in the coming days had been cast as a showdown over the measure created to replace President Barack Obama's health care law, commonly called Obamacare.

McConnell tweeted that the Senate will work on other legislative issues and nominations next week and "will defer consideration of the Better Care Act" while McCain is recovering. In recent days GOP leaders have expressed optimism that they were getting closer to a version that could pass the Senate.

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 is a three-time survivor of melanoma.

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