Republican US Senator John McCain leaves Washington before expected tax vote

Republican US Senator John McCain leaves Washington before expected tax vote

John McCain of Arizona is not expected to return to Washington until January, which means he will likely miss two crucial votes before lawmakers return home for the Christmas recess.

McCain expressed appreciation for his care and the outpouring of support and, according to his office, "looks forward to returning to Washington in January".

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.

The 81-year-old McCain has been hospitalized at Walter Reed Medical Center in Maryland.

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".

McCain's absence is not expected to derail Republican efforts to pass the bill, despite a razor-thin majority in the Senate. John McCain will miss the upcoming vote on the Republican tax bill in the Senate this week.

Mr. Trump said he had spoken with Mr. McCain's wife and wished her well.

"He'll come if we ever need him to vote", Trump said. He's going through a very tough time, there's no question about it.

His daughter Meghan McCain tweeted Sunday: "My father is doing well and we are all looking forward to spending Christmas together in Arizona".

The measure is President Donald Trump's last shot at a major legislative accomplishment in his first year in office. The bill appeared to have unanimous support from the Republican Senate conference, with all 52 senators signaling they would vote yes. Marco Rubio and Tennessee 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.

Meghan McCain's new husband, The Federalist's Ben Domenech gave an update on the senator's condition after the longtime Arizona senator was hospitalized earlier this week.

Now in his sixth Senate term, McCain underwent surgery in mid-July to remove a 2-inch blood clot in his brain after being diagnosed with glioblastoma. He suffered a minor tear in his right Achilles tendon, forcing him to wear a walking brace.