McCain to return for pivotal US Senate vote on healthcare

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 25, 2017

Adding to the suspense of Tuesday is the fact that leaders have yet to lay out exactly what will come next after members vote to begin debate on their health care bill.

McCain's diagnosis last week with a glioblastoma tumor, an aggressive form of cancer, shocked Washington, where he has friends across the aisle - even among lawmakers who do not share his conservative Republicanism.

"They were trying to get approval [from his doctors] for his travel arrangements".

"I think we're going to proceed to debate", Senator John Cornyn Texas said.

With all Democrats opposed, President Donald Trump can afford just two defectors on the health care reform vote, making McCain's vote critical.

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

McCain's dedication to serving his country by doing everything he can to take away health insure from over 20 million people is truly an inspiration to us all. Already, Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican from ME, has expressed deep concerns about the motion to proceed. With multiple Republicans seemingly undecided on how to proceed, the odds of Tuesday's procedural vote passing are thin.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said she spoke with McCain on Saturday and that her frequent collaborator was eager to get back to work.

McCain, who is battling brain cancer, is set to help decide whether the repeal push will move forward or perhaps be abandoned entirely.

A loss would force Senate Republican leaders, who have struggled to amass support for their version of an overhaul, to find another strategy or move on to other legislative matters. "Over and over again, they said, 'Repeal and replace, repeal and replace.' But they can now keep their promise", Trump said, surrounded by some he called "victims" of the health care law.

"It is just extraordinary how upbeat he is and how accepting of his diagnosis - it was truly inspirational to talk with him", she said.

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