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Senate Health Care Bill Faces Delays, Senator McCain Recovering

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The Senate's proposed health care bill has faced two delays over the weekend. The call for a vote has been delayed as Senator John McCain recovers from surgery and the Congressional Budget Office has delayed their analysis. The Associated Press has more details: 

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is postponing consideration of health care legislation in the Senate. Sen. John McCain's announced absence following surgery leaves Republicans short of votes on their marquee legislation.
    
McConnell's announcement on Saturday amounted to another setback for GOP efforts, promoted by President Donald Trump, to repeal and replace "Obamacare" after years of promises. McConnell issued his statement not long after McCain's office disclosed that he had undergone surgery to remove a blood clot from above his left eye. McCain's doctors advised the senator to stay in Arizona next week to recover.
    
McCain's absence meant it would become impossible for the majority leader to round up the votes needed to move forward with the bill next week as planned.

The No. 2 Republican in the Senate says he fully expects a vote on the GOP health bill once Sen. John McCain is able to return to Washington following surgery.
    
Sen. John Cornyn tells NBC's "Meet the Press" that there should be a vote once there is a "full contingent of senators" available.   

Before McCain's absence, the legislation was already opposed by two GOP senators in a chamber where they hold a 52-48 majority.

There's another possible delay to the Senate's consideration of a Republican bill to repeal and replace the Obama-era health care law.
    
The Congressional Budget Office had been scheduled to release an analysis Monday on the latest GOP bill, including estimated cost and scope of insurance coverage.
    
But the Senate Budget Committee on Sunday said the release had been postponed. The committee did not indicate an explanation or when the analysis was expected, saying it will provide further information and updates as appropriate.
    
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