GOP senator Thad Cochran returning to DC next month
Sen. Thad CochranWilliam (Thad) Thad CochranTrump asks for another billion in disaster aid Congressional leaders eyeing two-year caps deal up to 0 billion Senate passes resolution requiring mandatory sexual harassment training MORE (R-Miss.), who President Trump suggested this week had been hospitalized, plans to return to Washington in mid-October, he announced Thursday.
"I will return to the Senate on October 16 in order to continue work on the appropriations process and participate in upcoming debates on the budget and tax reform," Cochran said in a statement released by his office.
Cochran, 79, said his doctor told him he was "improving but recommended I remain at home in Mississippi another week. I will follow that advice." 
The Mississippi Republican is slated to return to the Senate after it reconvenes following a weeklong break.
Cochran's statement comes after Trump argued in a tweet on Wednesday that Senate Republicans' ObamaCare repeal bill needed more time because one "yes" vote was in the hospital — an apparent reference to Cochran, who is being treated for a urological issue.
Cochran quickly responded on Twitter that he was not hospitalized but "recuperating at home in Mississippi and look forward to returning to work soon."
GOP Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsStates fill family caregiver void left by Congress GOP senator: ObamaCare fix could be in funding bill Collins: Pass bipartisan ObamaCare bills before mandate repeal MORE (Maine), John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTrump's dangerous Guantánamo fixation will fuel fire for terrorists Tech beefs up lobbying amid Russia scrutiny Ad encourages GOP senator to vote 'no' on tax bill MORE (Ariz.) and Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulCongress must end American support for Saudi war in Yemen Black men get longer prison sentences than white men for same crimes: study Sarah Palin on sexual harassment: 'People know I'm probably packing' so they 'don't mess with me' MORE (Ky.) had announced their opposition to the bill. With a 52-seat majority, Republicans could only afford to lose two senators and still let Vice President Pence cast a tie-breaking vote.
Meanwhile, key senators, including Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiSenate bill would cut EPA funding by 0M GOP senator: ObamaCare fix could be in funding bill Collins: Pass bipartisan ObamaCare bills before mandate repeal MORE (Alaska), were undecided ahead of a possible vote, while GOP Sens. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTexas Republicans slam White House over disaster relief request Dem rep: Trump disaster aid request is 'how you let America down again' Moore endorsements disappear from campaign website MORE (Texas) and Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeProminent conservative passes on Utah Senate bid Johnson says he will not support tax-reform bill Moore endorsements disappear from campaign website MORE (Utah) were also critical of the legislation. GOP leaders declined to hold a vote on the measure.