Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Saturday that he is postponing the Senate vote on the GOP’s health care bill while Republican Sen. John McCain recovers from surgery, the Gateway Pundit reports.
McCain’s absence means Senate Republicans likely would fall short of the 50 votes needed to advance the bill to a floor debate.
McCain had said on Saturday that he would not be able to attend the Senate sessions next week.
Republican Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Susan Collins of Maine have already declared that they would not support a procedural vote to bring the healthcare legislation to repeal Obamacare to the Senate floor.
With all Democrats expected to vote no, the absence of McCain’s vote would leave Republicans with just 49 votes.
The former presidential candidate is in his home state of Arizona after a successful surgery that removed a blood clot from above his left eye.