Republican Senator John McCain leaves Washington before expected tax vote

Republican Senator John McCain leaves Washington before expected tax vote

Republican Senator John McCain leaves Washington before expected tax vote

Donald Trump's tax reform plan has overcome pockets of resistance within Republican ranks, U.S. senators said Friday, setting up a vote that could provide the president with his first major legislative victory.'We have the votes, ' Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters as he entered the chamber.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for "serious case of amnesia" after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don't want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE said Sunday he believes McCain would return to Washington if Republicans needed his vote.

A statement issued last Wednesday by the senator's office said he was at Walter Reed receiving treatment for the "normal side effects of his ongoing cancer therapy".

'As ever, he remains grateful to his physicians for their excellent care, and his friends and supporters for their encouragement and good wishes, ' the statement said.

McCain, who left Washington Sunday, will spend the holidays with his family. Still, Fox News is told that Republicans believe they still have enough votes to advance the package - as early as Tuesday night - even if McCain is out. "An evaluation of his underlying cancer shows he is responding positively to ongoing treatment".

Trump told reporters on Sunday that he spoke to McCain's wife, Cindy, and wished the couple well.

"He's going through a very tough time, there's no question about that", Trump said.

According to CBS News, John McCain's son-in-law said the Senator is doing well.

The House and Senate are scheduled to vote this week on the sweeping tax reform plan, which Trump has supported.

If the count is deadlocked, Vice President Mike Pence would cast the tie-breaking vote in favor of Republicans. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bob Corker (R-TN) announced their support for the bill after winning some amendments or provisions.

McCain, 81, had been hospitalized due to a viral infection during his treatment for brain cancer. McCain eventually began using a wheelchair, with members of his staff pushing him where he needed to go.

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