Senate Majority Leader
"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.
A close vote had already been predicted to pass the GOP healthcare bill, with all Democrats and independents coming out against it and some Republicans opposed or undecided. With the GOP holding a 52-48 majority, they can afford to lose only two Republicans. Vice President Mike Pence would break a tie for final passage.
Two Republicans, Rand Paul of Kentucky and
A procedural vote expected in the coming days had been cast as a showdown over the measure designed to replace President Obama's healthcare law, commonly called Obamacare.
McConnell and other GOP leaders have been urging senators to, at least, vote in favor of opening debate, which would allow senators to offer amendments. In recent days, GOP leaders have expressed optimism that they were getting closer to a version that could pass the Senate.
Pathology reports on the clot were expected in the next several days.
McCain is a three-time survivor of
8:15 p.m.: This article has been updated with a statement from McConnell.
7:55 p.m.: This article has been updated to report that McConnell said he is deferring consideration of the GOP healthcare bill.