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John McCain returns to Arizona, will miss GOP tax vote

20 December 2017

Senator John McCain is returning to Arizona Sunday after spending time at a Maryland medical facility earlier this week as he battles cancer treatment side effects.

McCain announced he had brain cancer in July shortly before casting the deciding vote against Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

McCain, 81, was admitted last week to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in suburban Washington to receive treatment for the "normal side effects of his ongoing cancer therapy".

In a statement provided by Mr. McCain's office on Sunday, Dr. Mark R. Gilbert, chief of the neuro-oncology branch at the National Institutes of Health's National Cancer Institute, offered an upbeat assessment of the senator's health.

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"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. A doctor says he is also "responding positively" to ongoing treatment for brain cancer. He cast a vote Monday night on a nomination and is expected to vote on the tax bill.

CBS News later reported that McCain is heading directly to Arizona and miss key votes on the Republican tax package, which will take place next week.

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

"They've headed back, but I understand he'll come if we ever needed his help, which hopefully we won't", Trump said.

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

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Sen. John McCain heads to the Senate floor ahead of votes on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., December 6, 2017. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bob Corker (R-TN) announced their support for the bill after winning some amendments or provisions.

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A vote is expected in the House on Tuesday and the Senate on Wednesday. The GOP is likely to have enough Republicans to pass the measure. He suffered a minor tear in his right Achilles tendon, forcing him to wear a walking brace.

John McCain returns to Arizona, will miss GOP tax vote