McConnell defers action on health care vote as McCain recovers from surgery
PHOENIX - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he's deferring consideration of the GOP health care measure.
The Senate leader had planned action on the controversial bill next week. But Sen. John McCain announced Saturday he would be staying in Arizona following surgery for a blood clot. That put the measure in jeopardy in the closely divided Senate.
Surgeons in Phoenix say they removed a blood clot from above McCain's left eye.
Mayo Clinic Hospital doctors said Saturday that McCain underwent a "minimally invasive" procedure to remove the nearly 2-inch (5-centimeter) clot, and that the surgery went "very well." They said the 80-year-old Republican is resting comfortably at his home in Arizona. Pathology reports are expected in the next several days.
McCain's office said in a statement that on the advice of his doctors, the senator will be recovering in Arizona next week.
McCain is a three-time survivor of melanoma. Records of his medical exams released in 2008 when he was the GOP candidate for president showed that he has had precancerous skin lesions removed and had an early stage squamous cell carcinoma, an easily cured skin cancer, removed.