Healthcare vote delayed over McCain surgery Jul 17, 2017 0 279 12345 REUTERSWASHINGTONTHE US Senate will delay its consideration of healthcare legislation while Arizona Republican Senator John McCain recuperates from surgery, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Saturday.McCain's absence cast doubt on whether the Senate would be able to pass the legislation to dismantle and replace Obamacare. McConnell needs 50"yes"votes for passage in a chamber the Republicans control by a 52-48 margin."While John is recovering, the Senate will continue our work on legislative items and nominations, and will defer consideration of the Better Care Act,"McConnell said in a statement.The announcement came after McCain's office said he would remain in Arizona next week following a procedure to remove a 2-inch (5-cm) blood clot from above his left eye.Repealing and replacing President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law was a top campaign promise for President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress.But two Republican senators have already declared their opposition to revised legislation unveiled on Thursday.McCain has expressed concern about the healthcare bill but has not said how he would vote.The 2008 Republican presidential nominee, McCain was resting comfortably at home in good condition after Friday's operation, his office said."There are few people tougher than my friend John McCain, and I know he'll be back with us soon,"McConnell said.Senator John McCain's surgeons removed the clot during a minimally invasive craniotomy through an incision in the 80-year-old lawmaker's eyebrow. Tissue pathology reports would be available within the next several days. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Secret Service rejects suggestion it vetted Trump son's meeting Jul 17, 2017 0 351 Trump on offensive as Russia revelations seem to take toll Jul 17, 2017 0 432 Trump losing public support: Poll Jul 17, 2017 0 382 Venezuela vote puts pressure on Maduro AFP CARACAS HUNDREDS of thousands of Venezuelans cast ballots Sunday in a symbolic vote seen likely to reject plans by President Nicolas Maduro to rewrite the constitution, upping pressure on the beleaguered leader .. Huge California wildfire spreads overnight as firefighters dig in REUTERS LOS ANGELES FIREFIGHTERS battled on Sunday to gain control of a destructive wildfire burning near Santa Barbara, California that mushroomed in size overnight, pushed by gusty offshore winds into dry brush that .. US SC gives Hawaii until Tuesday to answer Trump travel ban motion REUTERS WASHINGTON THE US Supreme Court has asked the State of Hawaii to respond by Tuesday at noon to President Donald Trump's motion to block a judge's ruling that prevented his travel ban from being applied to .. Brazil's Lula says people will decide his fate Sao PAULO BRAZIL'S former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said Saturday that voters would decide his fate, shrugging off his graft conviction and insisting he was still in the presidential race. It was .. Trump appoints special counsel to manage Russia probe WASHINGTON US President Donald Trump on Saturday announced the appointment of a former federal prosecutor as special counsel, with US media reporting that he would manage issues linked to the Russia probe. The brief ..