With a vote approaching on the Trump tax reform legislation, Republicans may be missing a vital vote they will need to pass it. Things are not looking good for Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.), which in turn could make the vote on tax reform a bit sticky for Republicans.
Earlier this year, it was announced McCain had been diagnosed with the rare brain cancer glioblastoma. Throughout the past few months, he’s managed to cast his votes on major legislation such as healthcare reform and the first go around for tax reform.
On Thursday, The Washington Post reported McCain would be available for the vote if it were to happen before Christmas. Republicans hope to push the vote before Alabama Democratic Senate race winner Doug Jones goes to Capitol Hill for his first day on the job.
However, recent reports on Friday revealed McCain is in an “increasingly frail” state due to the side effects of his aggressive cancer treatment. CNN reported:
‘The sources described McCain as looking increasingly frail and said he has not spoken up in recent GOP meetings the way he had before, in addition to his absence this week for treatment at Walter Reed Medical Center.’
Of note, one source told CNN that McCain was usually very vocal during meetings; however, he has not been lately. McCain has always been vocal on whatever issue he stood on, so we can see this as being a definite sign of concern of his current physical state.
Furthermore, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) also spoke about McCain’s treatment and well being.
‘He is receiving treatment for the side effects of therapy. I feel pretty good about the way the treatment is affecting his underlying cancer. But the treatment has a downside. So he is trying to rest up. I am very confident that he will come back and continue to participate for a long time to come.’
It’s important to note that Graham did not say whether McCain would be back to work in time for the vote. Graham has been one of McCain’s closest friends.
‘The main thing I am focused on is to just get better. John, take a little time. Rest up. It’s OK. Take a day or two off. He’s had a heck of a Senate schedule. And I hope he will take some time to regroup, do a little rehabilitation on his leg, and come back and participate in a way that only Sen. McCain can participate.’
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) also spoke to reporters on McCain and expressed he expected McCain back in time for the vote.
‘We expect him back. I expect him back. He’s obviously recovering from the effects of the treatment and so we expect him back.’
McCain would likely cast a yes vote to pass the Trump tax reform bill and is expected to do so, but only if he can make the vote.
Whatever the case, we wish the best for him and his family. At 81 years old, McCain is battling an aggressive cancer that is surely taking a toll on him and his family.
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