Sen. McCain returning to Arizona, will miss tax bill vote

Posted December 20, 2017

McCain, the Armed Services Committee chairman, is battling brain cancer and has returned to Arizona where he'll undergo physical therapy and rehabilitation at the Mayo Clinic. House and Senate negotiators agreed Friday on a compromise bill that offers a substantial tax cut for corporations and across-the-board cuts for individuals, with final votes in the respective chambers expected this week, Fox News previously reported.

Sen. McCain is not expected to be in Washington for the tax vote, CNN confirmed.

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.

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.

He left for Arizona on Sunday.

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McCain, 81, had been hospitalized due to a viral infection during his treatment for brain cancer. He has been undergoing treatment since.

President Donald Trump told reporters Sunday he had spoken to Cindy McCain.

Last week, Republican Sens.

"They've headed back, but I understand he'll come if we ever needed his help, which hopefully we won't", Trump said. Bob Corker of Tennessee announced they would vote yes for the Republican's tax plan when it came to the floor of the Senate.

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

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McCain's daughter, Meghan tweeted he was doing well and the family will spend Christmas together in Arizona. The GOP is likely to have enough Republicans to pass the measure.

In a brief statement, the senator's office provided an assessment from Mark Gilbert, chief of neuro-oncology at the National Institutes of Health's National Cancer Institute. Marco Rubio of Florida and Sen.

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

Senator John McCain (R-AZ) uses a wheelchair on Capitol Hill December 1, 2017 in Washington, DC. He suffered a minor tear in his right Achilles tendon, forcing him to wear a walking brace.

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