Published: Mon, December 18, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Sen. McCain to miss GOP tax plan vote

Sen. McCain to miss GOP tax plan vote

McCain left Walter Reed Medical Center "exhausted, but ok", a Republican close to him said.

The already narrow margin for the tax reform bill is exacerbated by concerns for McCain's health, and the health of another member, GOP Sen.

Senator John McCain is heading back to Arizona as he continues to recover from the side effects of chemotherapy for a brain tumor.

CBS News reported McCain, 81, will be in Arizona to spend the holidays with his family and that it's unclear when he plans to return to Washington. "My father is doing well and we are all looking forward to spending Christmas together in Arizona", she wrote.

"I'm happy to say that he's doing well". 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". "But he will come back if we need his vote". And it's too bad.

The White House said President Trump called Cindy McCain on Friday to send his best wishes and check in on the family. "But he will come back if we need his vote".

FILE - In this October 30, 20087 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Sen. Vice President Mike Pence recently postponed a trip to Israel scheduled for the coming week in order to be available to cast a tie-breaking vote in the Senate, if needed. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bob Corker (R-TN) announced their support for the bill after winning some amendments or provisions. McCain was one of only three GOP senators to vote against the measure, which came in dramatic fashion in the early morning hours.

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. McCain also has survived several bouts with melanoma, a risky skin cancer.

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