McCain says he's feeling well, vows return in January

20 December, 2017, 01:21 | Author: Boyd Miller
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Dems demand Tillerson end State hiring freeze, consult with Congress MORE (R-Ariz.) will return to Washington in January after undergoing physical therapy and rehabilitation in Arizona, his office announced late Sunday.

"He is grateful for the excellent care he continues to receive, and appreciates the outpouring of support from people all over the country", the statement said.

McCain will miss the highly anticipated vote on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, expected sometime this week.

The White House and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office have been planning for McCain's potential absence during the tax bill vote, making Tennessee Republican Sen.

They report that McCain is returning to Arizona to spend the holidays with his family after spending several days in a Maryland hospital recovering from chemotherapy treatment for his brain cancer.

He left for Arizona on Sunday.

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Earlier in the day, President Donald Trump told reporters he had spoken to McCain's wife, Cindy.

'Well, John, I'm happy to say that he's doing well, ' Domenech answered Face the Nation host John Dickerson, who had asked about the Republican lawmaker. "An evaluation of his underlying cancer shows he is responding positively to ongoing treatment". He added: "But the word is John will come back if we need his vote".

On Sunday, Mr. McCain's daughter Meghan McCain wrote on Twitter, "My father is doing well and we are all looking forward to spending Christmas together in Arizona".

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". He's going through a very tough time, there's no question about it. His presence means the GOP can lose one member of its caucus and still pass the bill.

The Republicans were also without Sen.

After his summer surgery, McCain rebounded quickly, returning to Washington and entering the Senate on July 25 to a standing ovation from his colleagues. 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.

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