Sen. McCain to miss GOP tax plan vote

Frederick Owens
December 18, 2017

He will not be present for the final vote on the GOP tax bill expected early this week, the report added.

Senator John McCain is heading back to Arizona as he continues to recover from the side effects of chemotherapy for a brain tumor. McCain was said to be looking forward "to returning to work as soon as possible", according to a written statement.

"I'm happy to say that he's doing well".

Dr. Mark Gilbert chief of neuro-oncology at the National Institutes of Health's National Cancer Institute, said McCain responded well to his treatment at Walter Reed Medical Center.

However, republicans appear to still have the votes necessary to pass the sweeping bill. Most likely a side effect of cancer treatment, McCain's increase in fatigue and lack of participation was a source of concern for his GOP fellows. "Thank you to everyone for their kind words", she wrote.

A close friend of McCain told CNN the senator was "exhausted, but ok" when leaving the hospital on Sunday.

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McCain, who is in his sixth term as one of Arizona's senators, had surgery in July to remove a blood clot from above his left eye.

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GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC said earlier this week that he's "not focused on the tax bill right now when it comes to Sen".

The White House said President Trump called Cindy McCain on Friday to send his best wishes and check in on the family.

Speculation about McCain's health has intensified since the hardworking 81-year-old Arizona Republican began missing Senate votes this week. However, McCain's office has not yet given any indication that he will miss the vote. He has used a wheelchair on Capitol Hill and has worn a boot on his ankle for a torn Achilles tendon.

Symptoms of glioblastoma include headaches, nausea, speech and vision problems. Thad Cochran, 80, of MS, had a non-melanoma lesion removed from his nose earlier this week.

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