McCain has returned home to Arizona after treatment, office says

James Marshall
December 20, 2017

McCain tweeted Monday that he's feeling well and looking forward to returning to work in Washington after the holidays.

CBS News reported that Senator John McCain will miss the Senate's vote on massive tax cuts this week, returning to Arizona instead to recuperate from cancer treatment.

A major tax reform bill due to be voted on in the senate is said to be "flexible" in its timing so as to allow absent senators like McCain a chance to vote on them.

No Democrats or independents support the legislation, although it is expected to comfortably pass the House of Representatives. "McCain also said, according to his office, that he was "[looking] forward to returning to Washington in January".

McCain was admitted to Walter Reed Hospital on Wednesday due to the "normal side effects" of his cancer treatments, ' his office said.

He will undergo physical therapy and rehabilitation at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona.

Trump told reporters he had spoken to McCain's wife, Cindy, after her husband had spent about a week at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland.

His daughter, Meghan McCain made headlines last week when she was consoled by former Vice President Joe Biden while discussing her father's battle with cancer on ABC's "The View". "But the word is that John will come back if we need his vote". As a backstop, Vice President Mike Pence would be available to break a Senate tie. "He's going through a very tough time". Republicans have won over two key votes for the measure, meaning they should have the razor-thin majority needed to pass the bill, even without McCain. McCain's vote scuttled the seven-year effort by the GOP to dismantle much of President Barack Obama's health care law.

More recently, McCain tore the Achilles tendon on his right foot, which forced him to wear a walking brace and then use a wheelchair in order to get around the U.S. Capitol. The median survival time for patients with glioblastoma is about a year, although 10 percent of people diagnosed with this type of tumor live at least five years.

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