John McCain Heads Home to Recover in Arizona, Will Miss Tax Vote

Sen. Mc Cain returning to Arizona will miss tax bill vote

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His office says McCain has returned to Arizona and will undergo physical therapy and rehabilitation at the Mayo Clinic in the state.

'As ever, he remains grateful to his physicians for their excellent care, and his friends and supporters for their encouragement and good wishes, ' the statement said.

McCain will miss the highly anticipated vote on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, expected sometime this week.

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

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Republican Sen. John McCain, who left Washington for Arizona Sunday, tweeted a thank you for public support during his illness and said he's feeling well and looking forward to coming back to work.

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. He was diagnosed with the tumor following surgery to remove a blood clot in July.

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

The measure is President Donald Trump's last shot at a major legislative accomplishment in his first year in office.

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"An evaluation of his underlying cancer shows he is responding positively to ongoing treatment", Gilbert said.

"My father is doing well and we are all looking forward to spending Christmas together in Arizona", she wrote on Twitter.

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". This means that, even with McCain's absence, the GOP can suffer one more defection and still get the bill through. Bob Corcker and Marco Rubio after they had originally opposed the Senate's plan. The bill appeared to have unanimous support from the Republican Senate conference, with all 52 senators signaling they would vote yes. "And it's too bad, he's going through a very tough time, no question about it, but he will come back if we need his vote". McCain eventually began using a wheelchair, and members of his staff pushed him where he needed to go.

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