John McCain will return to Arizona after hospitalization, miss GOP tax vote

John McCain will return to Arizona after hospitalization, miss GOP tax vote

John McCain will return to Arizona after hospitalization, miss GOP tax vote

He's spending the holidays with his family and will be skipping the final vote on the GOP tax plan, which is now expected to take place this week.

Republican Sen. John McCain has returned home to Arizona, where he plans to stay until January, after he was hospitalized over side effects from treatment of brain cancer, the senator's office announced Sunday.

A statement from his office late Sunday said he would undergo physical therapy and rehabilitation at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona.

McCain was hospitalized Wednesday while receiving chemotherapy treatment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda and at the nearby National Institutes of Health.

'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.

His daughter, Meghan McCain, took to Twitter on Sunday saying that she is excited to spend Christmas with her dad in Arizona. Trump added that the senator would return to Congress if he's needed for a vote on the tax bill.

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

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Trump said he spoke to Cindy McCain by phone Sunday.

In July, the 81-year-old senior senator from Arizona was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer.

If the count is deadlocked, Vice President Mike Pence would cast the tie-breaking vote in favor of Republicans.

Republicans secured the support of Maine Sen. He's going through a very tough time, there's no question about it. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bob Corker (R-TN) announced their support for the bill after winning some amendments or provisions.

But McCain's condition has appeared to worsen in recent weeks.

CNN also reported that McCain would miss the vote, which is expected to be held in the next few days. McCain eventually began using a wheelchair, and members of his staff pushed him where he needed to go.

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