Republican Senator John McCain leaves Washington before expected tax vote

McCain's Absence Probably Won't Hurt The GOP's Tax Bill Vote

Sen. John McCain left the nation's capital Sunday to spend Christmas in Arizona with his family as he battles brain cancer, giving his Republican Party one less vote as it is expected this week to attempt to push through a contentious tax plan along party lines.

In a statement provided by Mr. McCain's office on Sunday, Dr. Mark R. Gilbert, chief of the neuro-oncology branch at the National Institutes of Health's National Cancer Institute, offered an upbeat assessment of the senator's health.

Thank you to everyone for their kind words. He received a diagnosis this year of glioblastoma, an aggressive, malignant brain tumor that can cause headaches, seizures, blurred vision and other symptoms. But he said he's "encouraged that John's going to be back in January and be good to go".

"They've headed back, but I understand he'll come if we ever needed his vote, which hopefully we won't", Mr. Trump said.

President Trump told reporters on December 17 that Sen.

On Wednesday his office released a statement saying he is receiving treatment at Walter Reed Medical Center for "normal side effects" of his ongoing cancer treatment. "My father is doing well and we are all looking forward to spending Christmas together in Arizona", the senator's daughter, Meghan McCain, tweeted Sunday.




"Senator McCain is now receiving treatment at Walter Reed Medical Center for normal side effects of his ongoing cancer therapy". He's spending the holidays with his family and will be skipping the final vote on the GOP tax plan, which is now expected to take place this week.

The Senate already passed the tax bill once, but must do so again now that it has been joined with the House's version. Bob Corker, a Tennessee Republican, and Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican, have said they would vote in favor of the bill after, at first, suggesting they wouldn't.

He has been critical of Trump and cast a crucial "no" vote on the president's effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act health law, helping to torpedo the measure.

McCain rebounded quickly, but his condition has appeared to worsen in recent weeks.

More recently, McCain tore the Achilles tendon on his right foot, which forced him to wear a walking brace and then use a wheelchair in order to get around the U.S. Capitol.

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