If there was panic about McCain's absence and how it might impact the debate over the health care bill by delaying a vote, that was not on display on Capitol Hill, or down at the White House, as Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters that officials remain 'very confident' the bill will be approved in the Senate soon.
"We have every confidence in the Majority Leader's ability to get this done," Spicer said of Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
"We feel very confident about where we are now and we look forward to getting that bill on the President's desk and getting it signed," Spicer added.
Spicer told reporters at the daily briefing - which was again not in front of television cameras - that the President would bring some GOP Senators down to the White House tonight to lobby them about health care.
While Republicans waited to act on health care, outside the Capitol - getting a bit wet in a summer rain shower - opponents of the GOP plan made their voices heard on Monday by rallying on Capitol Hill.
Meanwhile, demonstrators were also at work inside, making their voices heard in Senate offices and in the various office buildings on Capitol Hill.
Back on the Senate floor, the big unknown was when Sen. McCain would return, and how long the GOP might have to wait on a health care vote.
"Lord, bring healing with Sen. John McCain," Senate Chaplain Barry Black intoned as the Senate convened for this week's legislative work.