Armed Services hearings to proceed while McCain recovers from surgery

The Senate Armed Services Committee will proceed with two confirmation hearings despite Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) staying home to recover from surgery, the committee announced Monday.

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) will chair the full committee sessions in McCain’s place, according to a committee press release.

McCain underwent surgery Friday to remove a blood clot from above his left eye. His office announced Saturday he would be staying in Arizona for the week to recover.

The Senate delayed a vote on healthcare legislation because of his absence, which would likely deprive Republicans of the 50 votes needed to pass their ObamaCare repeal and replacement plan.

{mosads}But the Armed Services Committee will continue with two confirmation hearings previously scheduled for Tuesday.

First, in the morning, Gen. Paul Selva will have his confirmation hearing to be reappointed vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Later Tuesday, the committee will have one confirmation hearing for four Pentagon positions: under secretary of the Air Force; deputy chief management officer of the Pentagon; under secretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics; and assistant secretary of Defense for energy, installations and environment.

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