McCain to miss vote on tax bill, receive treatment in Arizona

McCain to miss vote on tax bill, receive treatment in Arizona
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Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainGOP senators appalled by 'ridiculous' House infighting MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace, Chris Christie battle over Fox News Trump's attacks on McConnell seen as prelude to 2024 White House bid MORE (R-Ariz.) will return to Washington in January after undergoing physical therapy and rehabilitation in Arizona, his office announced late Sunday. 

As a result, McCain will not be in Washington for the GOP tax bill vote, which is expected to take place early in the week. 

“He is grateful for the excellent care he continues to receive, and appreciates the outpouring of support from people all over the country. He looks forward to returning to Washington in January," McCain's office said.

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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.

President TrumpDonald TrumpStowaway found in landing gear of plane after flight from Guatemala to Miami Kushner looking to Middle East for investors in new firm: report GOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips MORE said Sunday he believes McCain would return to Washington if Republicans needed his vote.

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.

He left for Arizona on Sunday.

McCain announced in July he had been diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. He has been undergoing treatment since.