McCain to miss Senate vote on Republican tax bill

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

Republican Sen. John McCain, who left Washington for Arizona Sunday, tweeted a thank you for public support during his illness and said he's feeling well and looking forward to coming back to work.

That's the word Sunday from Dr. Mark Gilbert, chief of Neuro-Oncology at the National Institutes of Health's National Cancer Institute. "He is grateful for the excellent care to receive, and appreciates the outpouring of support from all the people in the country", McCain's doctor and office wrote in a statement.

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.

As CNN explains, Senate Republicans only need to carry a majority of senators present on the floor for the bill to pass. Without McCain, Republican leaders have a razor-thin margin to pass the final version, which has been in House-Senate negotiations and can not afford any more defections.

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

President Donald Trump on Friday telephoned Cindy McCain, the wife of ailing Sen.

"He'll come if we ever need him to vote", Trump said.

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John McCain, to extend "best wishes" and see how her husband was doing, the Associated Press reported Saturday.

President Trump told reporters on December 17 that Sen. He received a diagnosis this year of glioblastoma, an aggressive, malignant brain tumor that can cause headaches, seizures, blurred vision and other symptoms.

"He's going through a very tough time, there's no question about that", Trump said.

The Republicans were also without Sen.

The House and Senate are scheduled to vote this week on Trump's top legislative accomplishment, a sweeping tax package. 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.

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

"He looks forward to returning to Washington in January". McCain eventually began using a wheelchair, and members of his staff pushed him where he needed to go.

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