Sen. Thad Cochran won't return to work Monday

Sen. Thad Cochran won't return to work Monday”

Sen. Thad CochranWilliam (Thad) Thad CochranWhite House requests B for disaster relief GOP establishment doubts Bannon's primary powers Whatever you think the Alabama special election means, you're probably wrong MORE (R-Miss.) has postponed his return to Washington due to his health.

"I am pleased to be back in Washington where I look forward to continuing work on the 2018 appropriations bills and to taking part in the debate on the budget and tax cuts".

"Several sources indicated last week that Republicans are anxious Cochran's absence could last through the end of the year, which would mean the chief senator overseeing government spending would not be present for the year-end funding fight", Politico says.

Cochran is one of three senators who have missed time this year in Washington because of health issues.

"The Senator has expressed his intention to return to the Senate when his health permits, and to fulfill his commitment and duties to the people of his state", White said.

Cochran continues to be treated for urological issues and remains under medical supervision, which could affect his work schedule. Cochran tweeted a photo of himself last week, which some insiders took as a response to a story in Politico that raised questions about whether his illness was worse than was being disclosed.

Senate Republicans are expected to push ahead with the proposed GOP budget.

The panel had planned to vote on a key homeland security spending measure this week, with a showdown anticipated over spending for a down payment the wall.

With Senator Cochran's absence, the remaining GOP senators could only afford a one vote loss if every Democrat chose to oppose the legislation.

Cochran is a GOP loyalist and reliable vote for GOP leaders.

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