Less than a week after revealing he has brain cancer, Sen. John McCain’s office announced he will return to the Senate before Republicans vote on Obamacare repeal and replacement.
A statement released by his office reads:
“Senator McCain looks forward to returning to the United States Senate tomorrow to continue working on important legislation, including health care reform, the National Defense Authorization Act, and new sanctions on Russia, Iran, and North Korea,”
“McCain’s absence put the future of the GOP effort to pass a new health care bill in jeopardy because the party cannot afford to lose votes. It needs 50 — Vice President Mike Pence would break a tie — to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with new health care legislation under Senate rules.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., postponed an earlier vote on the health care bill due to McCain’s absence from Washington for surgery to remove a blood clot near his eye. After that procedure, McCain’s office announced he had been diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of cancer. McCain and his family said they were evaluating treatment options. Prior to Monday’s announcement he would be back on the Hill, it was unclear how long McCain would be away from Washington….
After several other efforts and several iterations of the legislation, McConnell is expected to tomorrow call for a vote on bringing the GOP health care bill to the floor to begin debate. He has been unable to unite his conference behind a bill to replace former President Barack Obama’s signature legislation. Some Republicans oppose any effort to take health care away from constituents who gained it under Obamacare, while others oppose a bill they say gives the government too much control over people’s health care.”
This is certain to raise some questions about the aging senators health and ability to act out his role.
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