John McCain, Fighting Brain Cancer, Likely to Miss Vote on Tax Overhaul

Sen. John McCain R-Ariz. leaves a closed-door session where Republican senators met on the GOP effort to overhaul the tax code on Capitol Hill in Washington

John McCain, Fighting Brain Cancer, Likely to Miss Vote on Tax Overhaul

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) will miss the upcoming vote on the Republican-backed tax bill, CBS and CNN reported Sunday.

"Senator McCain has responded well to treatment he received at Walter Reed Medical Center for a viral infection and continues to improve".

President Trump told reporters at the White House Sunday afternoon that he spoke to McCain's wife, Cindy.

Meghan McCain took to Twitter to thank everyone for their kind words and encourage people to donate to various cancer charities this Christmas. But his ability to get on a plane to Arizona was a "good sign", a source said. "They've headed back, but I understand he'll come if we ever needed his vote - which hopefully we won't", Trump told reporters.

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McCain's absence shouldn't derail the package, despite the slim GOP majority in the Senate, as Sens.

The passage of the tax bill, however, does not hinge on McCain's support because the GOP has a 52-48 vote advantage in the Senate.

The Senate already passed the tax bill once, but must do so again now that it has been joined with the House's version.

The 81-year-old McCain had been hospitalized at Walter Reed Medical Center in Maryland. "My father is doing well and we are all looking forward to spending Christmas together in Arizona". Donald Trump's tax reform plan has overcome pockets of resistance within Republican ranks, USA senators said Friday, setting up a vote that could provide the president with his first major legislative victory.'We have the votes, ' Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters as he entered the chamber.

McCain will miss the vote this week on the tax bill. Bob Corcker and Marco Rubio after they had originally opposed the Senate's plan. McCain's vote scuttled the seven-year effort by the GOP to dismantle much of President Barack Obama's health care law.

Meghan McCain's new husband, The Federalist's Ben Domenech gave an update on the senator's condition after the longtime Arizona senator was hospitalized earlier this week. McCain eventually began using a wheelchair, with members of his staff pushing him where he needed to go.

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