McCain to miss Senate vote on Republican tax bill

McCain to miss Senate vote on Republican tax bill”

McCain received treatment at Walter Reed Medical Center last week for a viral infection, Dr. Mark Gilbert said in a statement on Sunday, adding that McCain is "responding positively" to his cancer treatment. McCain, whose aggressive brain cancer has worsened over the past few months, will miss the senate GOP tax reform bill vote this Tuesday. "My father is doing well and we are all looking forward to spending Christmas together in Arizona", the senator's daughter, Meghan McCain, tweeted Sunday.

Sen. McCain did vote on the Senate GOP's tax reform plan, which sent it to the Congress conference committee, but he cast the deciding "no" vote on the skinny repeal this summer. He's going through a very tough time, there's no question about it. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., missed votes last week.

CBS News is reporting that Republican Sen. 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. "He looks forward to returning to Washington in January", McCain's office announced.

Sens. Marco Rubio and Bob Corker both expressed some opposition to the bill, but their complaints appear to have been satisfied, and they've now switched to saying that they would vote for it. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan seems to be optimistic about the bill passing, saying that "This is happening".

Senate Republican leaders are working to round up at least 50 in favor of the overhaul; Mike Emanuel explains on 'Special Report'.

A source claimed that McCain used to be one of the most vocal in GOP meetings but has strangely been growing in silence over the years.

A vote on the bill is expected in the House and the Senate early this week. McCain eventually began using a wheelchair, and members of his staff pushed him where he needed to go.

As a Navy pilot, McCain lived through a July 1967 fire that killed 134 sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal in the Gulf of Tonkin during the Vietnam War. He spent 2 of those years in solitary confinement also being tortured.

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