BREAKING: McConnell Delays Health Care Vote as John McCain Recovers from Surgery


Marks the Second Delay From McConnell 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced tonight that he is delaying the vote on the Republican bill to repeal and “replace” ObamaCare.

The news follows John McCain’s required week of rest after the Arizona Senator underwent surgery for a blood clot on his eye. McCain is recovering from the successful surgery in his Arizona home.

As CNN reported, McConnell “needs the support of 50 of 52 GOP senators to proceed to a floor debate on the bill, and two senators – Susan Collins of Maine and Rand Paul of Kentucky – have already said they will not support that motion.”

“Elaine and I, along with the entire Senate family, wish John the very best and wish him a speedy recovery,” McConnell released in a statement via Twitter:

“While John is recovering,” the statement concluded, “the Senate will continue our work on legislative items and nominations, and will defer consideration of the Better Care Act.” 

This is the second time McConnell has delayed a vote on the matter. 

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