Politics McConnell delays healthcare vote after McCain surgery

05:50  16 july  2017
05:50  16 july  2017 Source:   The Hill

McCain: Senate GOP healthcare bill 'probably going to be dead'

  McCain: Senate GOP healthcare bill 'probably going to be dead' Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Sunday said he doesn't have confidence that the Senate GOP's healthcare bill will pass the upper chamber. "My view is it's probably going to be dead," McCain said on CBS's "Face The Nation.

Due to a lack of votes , Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has decided to delay the Senate vote on the GOP health - care plan. McConnell , who was pushing for a vote this week, told senators Tuesday that he now plans to hold the vote after the July 4 recess in hopes of rallying more

In a bruising setback, Senate Republican leaders are delaying a vote on their prized healthcare bill until after the July 4 recess, forced to retreat by a GOP rebellion that left them lacking enough votes to even begin debating the legislation

McConnell delays healthcare vote after McCain surgery © Provided by The Hill McConnell delays healthcare vote after McCain surgery

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced Saturday night that the vote on Senate Republicans' ObamaCare repeal and replace bill would be delayed until a later date.

The news comes after Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) released a statement that he would miss this week's votes as he recovers from surgery.

"Elaine and I, along with the entire Senate family, wish John the very best and wish him a speedy recovery," McConnell's statement read. "While John is recovering, the Senate will continue our work on legislative items and nominations and will defer consideration of the Better Care Act."

McCain's absence meant Senate Republicans almost certainly would not have had the 50 votes needed to win a procedural vote this week.

McCain underwent a procedure to remove a blood clot from his eye on Friday, according to statements from his office and the Mayo Clinic.

“Senator McCain received excellent treatment at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix, and appreciates the tremendous professionalism and care by its doctors and staff," a statement from his office said.

Trump squeezes 'no' vote Heller at healthcare lunch .
President Trump sat next to Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), an opponent of the Senate GOP's bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare, at a White House lunch designed to salvage the effort .Trump used the seating arrangement to pressure Heller, joking about him wanting to "remain a senator." "Any senator who votes against debate says you are fine with ObamaCare," Trump said.Heller, considered one of the GOP's most endangered 2018 incumbents, has a fraught relationship with the White House over his stance on healthcare.TRUMP to HELLER: "Look, he wants to remain a senator, doesn't he?" pic.twitter.

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