The Latest: McConnell calls ailing John McCain 'a tough guy'

FILE - In this July 11, 2017 file photo, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. listens on Capitol Hill in Washington, dur

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Sen. John McCain as he recovers from surgery (all times local):

3:25 p.m.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he has spoken to ailing Sen. John McCain and wishes him a speedy recovery.

McCain's office says the 80-year-old Arizona senator underwent surgery Friday to remove a blood clot. McCain is at home and recuperating.

McConnell says he spoke to McCain on Monday morning, and he calls the Arizona Republican a "tough guy."

McConnell says he hopes McCain will be back in the Senate soon. McCain's office says he'll remain in Arizona this week.

Over the weekend the Republican leader delayed a vote on the GOP health care bill. McCain's absence has left Republicans short of the votes necessary to move ahead on the legislation to erase much of Barack Obama's health care law.

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12:15 p.m.

The Senate panel that John McCain leads will press ahead with its business this week as the Arizona Republican continues to recuperate from surgery to remove a blood clot.

The Armed Services Committee says Republican Senator James Inhofe will act as chairman during McCain's absence. Inhofe, who is from Oklahoma, is a longtime member of the panel and runs the subcommittee on military readiness and management support.

The committee meets Tuesday to consider the nomination of Air Force Gen. Paul Selva to serve a second term as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The committee also is scheduled to consider the nominations of four civilians for Defense Department posts. Among them is Ellen Lord, who was selected by President Donald Trump to be the Pentagon's top acquisition official.