Senator John McCain (R-AZ)has undergone surgery to remove a blood clot over his eye. On Saturday, McCain’s office released a statement saying that he would not be returning to his work in the Senate for at least a week.
What will be most affected in Congress is the precarious Trumpcare 3.0 bill that the GOP has been pushing to pass. Without McCain, the vote totals may look different and will more than likely delay the vote.
‘The Republican senator’s absence from the Capitol is sure to change the calculation for the week’s business, because it will complicate the already tight math for the effort to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law.
‘Two Republican senators — Rand Paul of Kentucky and Susan Collins of Maine — have already announced opposition to proceeding to the most version of the health care reconciliation bill. The absence of McCain would mean that a maximum of 49 votes would be available to vote “yes.”
‘Assuming all Democrats are present, that would be short of the threshold needed to advance until McCain makes his way back to Washington, D.C.’
It looks like Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell will have to wait a little longer on their dream to rip healthcare access away from millions of Americans.
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