John McCain returns to Arizona, will miss GOP tax vote

Sen. John Mc Cain makes remarks after receiving the the 2017 Liberty Medal from former Vice President Joe Biden at the National Constitution Center

He had missed votes last week and will miss a crucial vote on the GOP tax bill this week.

Sen. John McCain is returning home to Arizona after being hospitalized for side effects because of his chemotherapy sessions and will miss the Republican's tax bill vote this week, according to a report.

A statement issued last Wednesday by the senator's office said he was at Walter Reed receiving treatment for the "normal side effects of his ongoing cancer therapy". "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. Expressing thanks to supporters, McCain's office said Sunday that he "looks forward to returning to Washington in January".

The vote is expected to come this week to fulfill a promise to pass the bill before Christmas. "An evaluation of his underlying cancer shows he is responding positively to ongoing treatment".

President Trump addressed reporters Sunday saying that McCain will return to DC if needed.

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

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.

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

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

McCain in July was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a deadly form of brain cancer, which was revealed after he underwent a surprise emergency July 14 craniotomy to remove a blood clot above his left eye.

Republicans secured the support of Florida Sen.

The Senate already passed the tax bill once, but must do so again now that it has been joined with the House's version. But in recent weeks, the treatment has taken a visible, physical toll.

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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