Republican Senator John McCain leaves Washington before expected tax vote

Sen. John Mc Cain will miss votes this week on the tax package as he headed back to Arizona today

McCain's Senate office had said Wednesday that he was hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center near Washington, D.C., for "normal side effects of his ongoing cancer therapy".

"The senator has been through a round of chemo and he was hospitalized this week at Walter Reed", said Ben Domenech, a conservative writer and husband of Meghan McCain.

His daughter Meghan said her father would be spending the holidays in Arizona.

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.

Trump told reporters on Sunday that he spoke to McCain's wife, Cindy, and wished the couple well.

"He'll come if we ever need him to vote", Trump said. "But he will come back if we need his vote". It's too bad. He's going through a very tough time, there's no question about it.

Sen. John McCain's son-in-law Ben Domenech appeared on Face the Nation and told viewers he was in'good spirits and'doing well
Sen. John McCain's son-in-law Ben Domenech appeared on Face the Nation and told viewers he was in'good spirits and'doing well

The Arizona senator will also likely miss a key vote on a budget resolution that will have to happen before Friday, at which point the federal government runs out of money and all non-essential government employees will be sent home without pay. The 80-year-old Cochran had a non-melanoma lesion removed from his nose earlier this week.

The Arizona Republican tweeted late Monday morning his "thanks to everyone for your support & words of encouragement!" Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said last week that they will vote for the measure after indicating earlier that they would not.

This week, the GOP will try to pass a sweeping $1.5 trillion tax package in the Senate with a razor-thin majority and all Democrats opposed to the legislation. Vice President Mike Pence postponed a scheduled trip to Israel last week to preside over the vote.

The Senate already passed the tax bill once, but must do so again now that it has been joined with the House's version. If approved, the measure would head to Trump for his signature on what will be his first major legislative accomplishment since taking office 11 months ago.

McCain started undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment in the summer and returned to the Senate after Labor Day and has kept a busy work schedule. McCain's vote scuttled the seven-year effort by the GOP to dismantle much of President Barack Obama's health care law. But in recent weeks, the treatment has taken a visible, physical toll. McCain eventually began using a wheelchair, and members of his staff pushed him where he needed to go. The following October, his plane was shot down during a bombing mission over Hanoi.

As a Navy pilot, McCain lived through a July 1967 fire that killed 134 sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal in the Gulf of Tonkin during the Vietnam War.

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