John McCain returns home to AZ; will miss vote on tax bill

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Republican Sen. John McCain has returned to Arizona to celebrate Christmas with his family and will miss the vote on the GOP tax bill.

As recently as last week, McCain's office released statements indicating that it wasn't out of the question that he would return before the Senate breaks for the holiday, meaning that there was still a chance that he would still be there in order to case a vote in favor of the tax bill.

CBS News is reporting that Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee announced they would vote yes for the Republican's tax plan when it came to the floor of the Senate.

On Wednesday his office released a statement saying he is receiving treatment at Walter Reed Medical Center for "normal side effects" of his ongoing cancer treatment. "The senator has been through a round of chemo and he was hospitalized this week at Walter Reed", said Ben Domenech, a conservative writer and husband of Meghan McCain. "I'm feeling well & looking forward to returning to work after the holidays". Still, Fox News is told that Republicans believe they still have enough votes to advance the package - as early as Tuesday night - even if McCain is out. McCain has been looking increasingly frail and has not spoken up during recent GOP meetings. President Trump told reporters Sunday that he spoke to McCain's wife Cindy and he wished the couple well.

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He said: "But the word is that John will come back if we need his vote".

Now in his sixth Senate term, McCain underwent surgery in mid-July to remove a 2-inch blood clot in his brain after being diagnosed with glioblastoma.

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