The absence of the Arizona senator to undergo an operation leads GOP leaders to postpone consideration of troubled bill

John McCain’s absence from the Senate as he recovers from surgery for a blood clot has led the Republican leadership to postpone consideration of the Trump administration’s troubled healthcare legislation.

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell said on Saturday that he was deferring action on the measure as McCain recovers at his home in Arizona. Surgeons in Phoenix removed a blood clot from above the senator’s left eye on Friday. The 80-year-old was advised by doctors to remain in Arizona next week, his office said.

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