Sen. John McCain underwent surgery Friday at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix for a blood clot above his left eye, according to a statement released Saturday by Mayo. Doctors at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Arizona described the procedure as "minimally invasive" and said it went "very well".
McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, was resting comfortably at home in good condition after Friday's operation, his office said. But two Republican senators have already declared their opposition to revised legislation that was unveiled on Thursday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can not lose any others for the legislation to survive a showdown vote expected next week.
Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tweeted that the Senate will work on other legislative issues and nominations, and "will defer consideration of the Better Care Act" while McCain is recovering.
It was unclear how McCain's absence might affect Senate Republican plans to vote next week on legislation to dismantle and replace Obamacare.
A McConnell spokesman did not immediately respond to request for comment on whether the Senate still planned to vote.
McCain, 80, had the procedure done at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix following an annual physical. Two Republican senators, Susan Collins of ME and Rand Paul of Kentucky, have already said they will not vote to proceed, making McCain's "yes" vote essential. Once the pathology information is available, further care will be discussed between doctors and the family.