Saturday, 16 December, 2017

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

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain R-Ariz. listens on Capitol Hill in Washington during the committee's confirmation hearing for Nay Secretary nominee Richard Spencer. Surgeons in Phoenix Sen. John McCain Has Surgery to Remove Blood Clot Above Eye
Ben Pena | 16 July, 2017, 07:01

McCain will remain in Arizona with his family to recover from the surgery, a statement from his office said. 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.

"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.

McCain's absence means Senate Republicans nearly certainly will not have the 50 votes they'd need to win a procedural vote. With the GOP holding a 52-48 majority, they can afford to lose only two Republicans.

Kentucky great Vito "Babe" Parilli dead at 87
He returned to Green Bay for two seasons and played the 1960 season for the Oakland Raiders before joining Boston in 1961. Parilli was the quarterback for the only Kentucky team that has won an outright SEC football championship.

A close vote had already been predicted for the healthcare bill, with all Democrats and independents coming out against it and some Republicans opposed or undecided. Vice-president Mike Pence would break a tie for final passage.

But Senate Republicans have been seeking to overhaul health care and deliver on the party's promise to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law, which they've been pledging to do since its 2010 enactment. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Sen.

A further delay in the schedule is bad news for Senate Republicans, as it will allow opponents of the legislation more time to pressure wavering GOP centrists to vote against it. "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", according to a statement late Saturday. McCain was reported to be resting comfortably at home. The surgery was described as a "minimally invasive craniotomy with an eyebrow incision". "Tissue pathology reports are pending within the next several days", the statement from the Mayo Clinic read.

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