McCain To Miss Critical Tax Vote, Returning To Arizona After Chemo Treatment

The mystery whether John McCain will be present during next week’s historic tax bill vote is over: according to CBS, the Arizona Senator will not be on hand for the final vote on the Republican tax bill, expected early this week, and instead is returning to Arizona after spending several days in a Maryland hospital recovering from side effects from chemotherapy treatment for brain cancer. As CBS furter notes, McCain left Washington Sunday and is heading back to his home state to spend the holidays with his family. It is unclear when McCain might return to Washington, especially amid rumors that the senator’s health has taken a turn for the worse.

Will McCain’s absence be a dealbreaker to the GOP tax vote? Probably not: despite a razor-thin margin needed to pass the measure, McCain’s presence will not likely be the determining factor in the vote. The reason is that two critical senators – Bob Corker of Tennessee and Marco Rubio of Florida – announced their support for the bill last week after initially saying they would oppose earlier versions. Unless, of course, one or both of them changes their opinion in the last minute, somethign which could happen following an IBT report this morning that according to John Cornyn, a tax cut potentially benefiting Bob Corker was part of the effort to secure votes for passage.

As note yesterday, Republican leaders aim to hold floor votes this week, with the House expected to take up the measure first on Tuesday.

McCain, 81, has been receiving treatment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, since Wednesday. His son-in-law said on “Face the Nation” Sunday that McCain had been “in good spirits.” More from CBS:

I’m happy to say that he’s doing well. The truth is that as anyone knows whose family has battled cancer or any significant disease that oftentimes there are side effects of treatment that you have. The senator has been through a round of chemo and he was hospitalized this week at Walter Reed,” said Ben Domenech, a conservative writer and husband of Meghan McCain.

McCain was admitted to the hospital for what his office called “normal side effects” of his cancer treatment.

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the second most senior Republican, told reporters last week that he expected McCain to be back after “resting up.” Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a close friend of McCain, likewise said he had “not focused on the tax bill right now when it comes to Sen. McCain. I’m focused on his health.”

McCain underwent surgery in mid-July to remove a blood clot from above his left eye after being diagnosed with glioblastoma, the same cancer that killed Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy.

McCain’s diagnosis, however did not prevent him from participating in another key vote – the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. McCain’s vote was a critical factor in the failure of the Republicans’ efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act in July. McCain was one of only three GOP senators to vote against the measure, which came in dramatic fashion in the early morning hours. When reporters asked why he cast a “no” vote on , McCain’s response was simple: “I thought it was the right thing to do.” Shortly after the dramatic vote, he returned home to Arizona to begin radiation and chemotherapy treatments.

However, in recent weeks McCain’s condition appears to have worsened. He suffered a minor tear in his right Achilles tendon, forcing him to wear a walking brace. He eventually began using a wheelchair with members of his staff assisting him. Some of the symptoms of glioblastoma, according to CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook, include headache, general malaise, visual problems and speech problems.

McCain is not the only senator who may be sidelined for the critical vite due to the health reasons: Sen. Thad Cochran, 80, of Mississippi, had a non-melanoma lesion removed from his nose earlier this week. A spokesman for Cochran told CBS News last week that the senator went through an outpatient procedure and “is doing well and is available for votes as needed.”

Written by Tyler Durden and published by Zero Hedge ~ December 17, 2017.

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6 thoughts on “McCain To Miss Critical Tax Vote, Returning To Arizona After Chemo Treatment

  1. The Publisher Post author

    Two things – this post has been uploaded into the ‘Touch of Evil‘ category, as it fits his demeanor.

    Secondly, I feel for ANYONE who reaches the end of his life in this manner, however – it is long past time for McCain to leave the United States Senate, and I frankly don’t give a damn just how he does it.

    Signed, Jeffrey Bennett
    Publisher and Viet Nam Veteran

    SIN LOI – and have a pleasant journey.

  2. Fergus

    I’d give anything to see all the Vietnam vets and ex-POWs who never made it home welcome McCain when he reaches the pearly gates. And I’d give anything to see him fall all the way to his just rewards.

  3. John Slagle

    Jeff and Fergus, as a former ABH Navy Petty Officer, trained in aircraft carrier flight deck operations, including firefighting and rescue, I’ll always remember July 29,1967 and the 134 men who lost their lives on the U.S.S. Forrestal. Three of the ABH crewmen who were burned to death fighting munitions fires attended Navy ‘ A ‘ school training with me in 1964 at Philly. Pa. Many versions of John McCain’s thousand pound bomb that exploded after he escaped from his aircraft , causing a chain reaction was a point of Navy ‘scuttlebutt” for years after the official inquiry at Yankee Station off the coast of Vietnam.

    In 1987, after the 1986 Illegal Alien Amnesty fiasco, John McCain was elected Senator of Arizona and proved to be an open borders politician. He sponsored legislation in later years to grant citizenship to over 30 million illegal aliens in the U.S. as well as trying to create an additional guest worker program with Ted Kennedy. Support for the U.S. Border Patrol and Immigration and Nationality laws established by congress was never considered nor expected. On MIAs and POWs possibly still in Vietnam, he wanted the book closed on veterans. I always appreciated Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s appraisal of Senator McCain and what is wrong with politics. He stated that “politics are petty, mean, unfair and unprincipled: I make sure to count my fingers after shaking hands with a politico , just to check to see none are missing.”

  4. John Slagle

    Mike, facts are always appreciated, many thanks. There were many rumors in the fleet concerning the disaster aboard the Forrestal some were facts, some fiction such as the purported “wet Start” of McCain’s Skyhawk which created the fires that killed 134 men. A major fact which added to the loss of lives in 1967 aboard the Carrier was the high cost of daily bombing runs over North Vietnam which deleted available supplies of munitions. The U.S. was spending millions of dollars each day and in 1967, there was insufficient bombs available for attack missions from aircraft carriers. POTUS Johnson and Secretary of Defense McNamara were aware of the situation and authorized ancient stores of 1,000 pound WW II bombs to be transported from bunkers to aircraft carriers in Vietnam. Some of the old bombs had been stored in open air Quanset huts in the Philippine jungles for years and was dirty, rusting and according to experts had a low temperature cook-off in extreme heat or mishandling.
    The old WW II bombs were transported to the Forrestal and placed on pallets on the deck for easy loading on aircraft, 150 tons of extremely volatile explosives.

    As you mentioned, the shortcut of plugging in “pigtails”, cable connectors that linked rockets with the aircraft’s launching device was approved by admin for the sake of speed. An electrical surge had fired a rocket on Bangert’s F-4 Phantom without the pilot hitting the ‘firing switch”. The Zunni rocket hit McCains
    Skyhawk and ruptured the fuel tank dumping 400 gallons of JP5 on the deck which was ignited by fragments of burning rocket propellant. The burning fuel pushed by high winds hit the pallets of ancient high explosives and a ‘hell aboard ship” was created.

    An outstanding book that did not surface until 2002 presents the facts regarding the disaster entitled Sailors to the end, the deadly fire on the U.S.S. Forestal and the heroes who fought it by Gregory A. Freeman. The official Navy Investigation is also included in the book as well as McCain’s service tours of duty. For many years the loss of life has been blamed on the sailors as well as Captain John Beling, a highly respected Forrestal Skipper. Truth and facts sometimes get lost through the years but the U.S. government compromised the ship’s safety by insisting on increased bombing despite the shortage of reliable weapons.

  5. hugh

    when unnecessary cost of life occurs the search for truth has no expiration, and regardless of who and how the obfuscation occurs, eventually the truth “will out”. The wicked never get this eternal principle, or perhaps knowing better their time is short, the cover up can only grow burdensome.


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