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Monday, 17 July 2017 14:16

Amid uncertainty about McCain’s health, Senate returns with GOP agenda in flux

Written by  Sean Sullivan

Senators started returning to the Capitol on Monday with the Republican agenda in a state of flux after GOP leaders scrapped their plans to vote on a sweeping health-care overhaul this week.

At the center of the uncertainty is Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who is recovering at home from surgery to remove a blood clot above his left eye that involved opening his skull.

Without McCain in the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) lacks the votes he needs to proceed with a bill to revamp major parts of the Affordable Care Act. So he has put it off until after McCain returns.

But when that would happen was not clear Monday afternoon. McCain, 80, is awaiting the results of tissue pa­thol­ogy reports “pending within the next several days,” the hospital treating him said in a statement over the weekend. A McCain spokeswoman had no further update on his condition Monday.

[McConnell defers vote on Senate health-care bill as McCain recovers from surgery]

The most common causes of blood clots in the head, especially for older people, are falls, car crashes and other events that cause traumas, even minor ones, said Elliott Haut, a trauma surgeon at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

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