Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is pushing back the vote on the GOP healthcare bill because with two Republican Senators already promising to vote “no” on the bill he can’t afford to not have another Republican absent. The Kentucky Republican said last night that he’s delaying consideration of the measure while Senator John McCain recovers from eye surgery in Arizona. McCain announced that he will not be taking part in any congressional votes for the next week, putting the bill one vote short of passing. Two Republican senators have already said they will vote against the measure.
Republican McCain underwent surgery to have a blood clot removed from above his eye Friday at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix. His office released a statement saying the 80-year old is doing well and will be recovering at his home in Arizona this week.
Meanwhile, two Republicans, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Susan Collins of Maine, have already said they are a “no” vote.