John McCain returns home to AZ; will miss vote on tax bill

Bill Rogers
December 20, 2017

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) returned to his home state on Sunday to spend time with his family and recover from chemotherapy treatment after spending the past week in a Maryland hospital. But McCain, undergoing treatment for brain cancer, will be out of Washington until January, his office said on Sunday.

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.

"An evaluation of his underlying cancer shows he is responding positively to ongoing treatment", Gilbert said.

President Trump told reporter's on Sunday that he spoke to McCain's wife, Cindy, and wished the couple well. He added: "But the word is John will come back if we need his vote".

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If the count is deadlocked, Vice President Mike Pence would cast the tie-breaking vote in favor of Republicans.

McCain, 81, missed several Senate votes last week while at Walter Reed.

The Senate is set to vote next week on landmark tax-reform legislation, but majority Republicans are expected to have enough votes for passage with or without McCain. This means that, even with McCain's absence, the GOP can suffer one more defection and still get the bill through.

McCain tweeted on Monday: "Thanks to everyone for your support & words of encouragement!" McCain will undergo physical therapy and rehabilitation at the Mayor Clinic in Arizona. The statement says the senator appreciates the outpouring of support from people around the country. The House takes up the final tax bill Tuesday, and once they've passed it, the Senate will bring it to the floor. Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said last week that they will vote for the measure after indicating earlier that they would not. He received a diagnosis this year of glioblastoma, an aggressive, malignant brain tumor that can cause headaches, seizures, blurred vision and other symptoms. McCain eventually began using a wheelchair, and members of his staff pushed him where he needed to go.

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