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U.S. Senate delays healthcare vote as Senator McCain recovers from surgery

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The U.S. Senate will delay its consideration of healthcare legislation while Arizona Republican Senator John McCain recuperates from surgery, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said.

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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.

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