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WASHINGTON — Majority Leader Mitch McConnell decided to delay consideration of health care legislation in the Senate, after Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain’s announced absence following surgery left Republicans short of votes on their marquee legislation.

McConnell’s decision 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 late Saturday not long after McCain’s office disclosed that he had undergone surgery to remove a blood clot from above his left eye, and had been advised by his doctors to stay in Arizona next week to recover.

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