John McCain Returning to Senate for Health Care Vote

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 25, 2017

John McCain will return to the Senate Tuesday - in time to cast a vote for Republicans' latest healthcare proposal - after time off for treatment of his brain cancer.

Republicans are holding the high-stakes vote on Tuesday to open debate on legislation to repeal and replace "Obamacare".

The 80-year-old Republican senator and former Vietnam prisoner have published on Twitter that "I look forward to coming back to the Senate tomorrow to continue my work on the health reform, defense law, and sanctions on Russian Federation".

McCain was diagnosed with a primary glioblastoma, which was discovered when he underwent surgery to remove a blood clot at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix earlier this month, said CNN. "The Congress must now return to regular order, hold hearings, receive input from members of both parties, and heed the recommendations of our nation's governors so that we can produce a bill that finally provides Americans with access to quality and affordable health care". GOP senators were meeting about long sought after health care overhaul when they got the devastating news. Republican leaders openly discussed the possibility of McCain's return with reporters on Monday during an evening vote. And he's expected to support McConnell and Trump and vote to move forward with the GOP health bill. "I've personally volunteered to rent an RV", said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, reported Politico.

"It is just extraordinary how upbeat he is and how accepting of his diagnosis - it was truly inspirational to talk with him", she said. "It just reminds me of what an extraordinarily courageous person he is".

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