GOP senator Thad Cochran returning to DC next month
Sen. Thad CochranWilliam (Thad) Thad CochranTodd Young in talks about chairing Senate GOP campaign arm US farming cannot afford to continue to fall behind Mississippi Democrat drops Senate bid 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." 
 
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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 CollinsDem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick McConnell: Senate to confirm Kavanaugh by Oct. 1 Overnight Health Care: Watchdog finds Tom Price improperly used funds on flights | Ex-Novartis CEO sent drug pricing proposal to Cohen | HHS staffers depart after controversial social media posts MORE (Maine), John McCainJohn Sidney McCainSenate Dems tell Trump: Don't meet with Putin one-on-one McConnell: Senate to confirm Kavanaugh by Oct. 1 Overnight Defense: Fears rise over Trump-Putin summit | McCain presses Trump to hold Putin 'accountable' for hacking | Pentagon does damage control after NATO meet MORE (Ariz.) and Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSunday shows preview: Trump readies for meeting with Putin McConnell: Senate to confirm Kavanaugh by Oct. 1 GOP moderates hint at smooth confirmation ahead for Kavanaugh 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 MurkowskiDem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick McConnell: Senate to confirm Kavanaugh by Oct. 1 Overnight Energy: House to vote on anti-carbon tax measure | Dem says EPA obstructed 'politically charged' FOIA requests | GOP looks to overhaul endangered species law MORE (Alaska), were undecided ahead of a possible vote, while GOP Sens. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe Memo: Trump leaves chaos in his wake in UK Beto O'Rourke is dominating Ted Cruz in enthusiasm and fundraising — but he's still headed for defeat GOP senators introduce resolution endorsing ICE MORE (Texas) and Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeGOP moderates hint at smooth confirmation ahead for Kavanaugh GOP senators introduce resolution endorsing ICE GOP senator moves to restart Pentagon report on NATO allies' spending MORE (Utah) were also critical of the legislation. GOP leaders declined to hold a vote on the measure.