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

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

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

However, the people most closely involved with his treatment say that despite his exhaustion, everything is still going smoothly.

According to CBS News, McCain left Washington for Arizona and Sunday and it's not clear when he will return. "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.

The senator's office also released a statement along with his doctor on the subject of his health.

"He is grateful for the excellent care he continues to receive, and appreciates the outpouring of support from people all over the country".

The statement said he's expected to be back in Washington in January.

McCain announced in July he had been diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer.

'The truth is that, as anyone knows whose family has battled cancer or any significant disease, that oftentimes there are side effects to treatment that you have, ' Domenech explained when talking about McCain's ailment today. Subsequent tissue pathology revealed that a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma was associated with the blood clot.

Republican leaders confident of passing a sweeping tax overhaul must contend with one last problem if they are to secure Donald Trump's first legislative victory before the end of the year: the advancing age of their senators.

"Senator McCain has responded well to treatment he received at Walter Reed Medical Center for a viral infection and continues to improve", said Dr. Mark Gilbert, who was part of McCain's treatment team at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland.

McCain is unlikely to return to Washington this year, one of the sources said.

McCain will not attend the GOP's tax bill vote which is expected to take place sometime early this week. Eighty-year-old Sen. Thad Cochran missed votes along with McCain last week after having a lesion removed from his nose. Bob Corcker and Marco Rubio after they had originally opposed the Senate's plan.

The tax reform bill has also attracted controversy because of a recently-attached provision that undermines Trump's promise that the legislation would not personally enrich him. Mike Pence, the vice president, has delayed a planned trip to Israel in case his casting vote is needed to break the deadlock.

"They've headed back, but I understand he'll come if we ever needed his vote, which hopefully we won't", Trump said after returning to the White House from Camp David.

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