McCain to Miss Pivotal Senate Tax Vote After Chemotherapy Complications

McCain to Miss Pivotal Senate Tax Vote After Chemotherapy Complications

McCain to Miss Pivotal Senate Tax Vote After Chemotherapy Complications

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.

John McCain is heading home to Arizona to continue recovering from the side effects of chemotherapy for a brain tumor and will not be in Washington for the tax vote this week, two sources close to McCain confirmed to CNN.

The doctor treating McCain at Walter Reed, Dr. Mark Gilbert, Chief of Neuro-Oncology at the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) National Cancer Institute, says McCain has responded well to treatment he's undergone for a viral infection, and his underlying cancer is "responding positively to ongoing treatment".

A statement from his office late Sunday said he would undergo physical therapy and rehabilitation at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona.

His office had said on Wednesday that he was receiving treatment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for "normal side effects of his ongoing cancer therapy", and he missed all of the Senate's votes last week.

His daughter, Meghan McCain, took to Twitter on Sunday saying that she is excited to spend Christmas with her dad in Arizona. The bill has the support of Republican Sens.

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McCain's closest friend in the Senate, Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said he hadn't spoken to McCain but planned to do so over the holidays.

President Trump told reporters at the White House Sunday afternoon that he spoke to McCain's wife, Cindy.

Mr. McCain disclosed in July that he had an aggressive form of brain cancer, for which the median survival is not much more than a year.

CBS News is reporting that Republican Sen. He added: "But the word is John will come back if we need his vote".

"He's going through a very tough time, there's no question about that", Trump said. Republicans secured the support of Sens. 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 eventually began using a wheelchair, and members of his staff pushed him where he needed to go.

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