Senator John McCain is back in the hospital for cancer treatment at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
He is suffering side effects from his his cancer therapy according to his office.
McCain spokesperson said, “As ever, he remains grateful to his physicians for their excellent care, and his friends and supporters for their encouragement and good wishes. Senator McCain looks forward to returning to work as soon as possible.”
McCain announced in July he had been diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. He has been undergoing treatment since.
In November, he suffered a minor tear in his right Achilles tendon as a side effect of the treatment.
The Senate is expected to vote early next week on a sweeping tax-reform bill.
Republicans in the chamber currently hold a narrow 52-48 seat majority, which is set to shrink to 51-49 with the swearing-in of Sen.-elect Doug Jones (D-Ala.), meaning they can ill-afford defections. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says Jones will not be seated until legislative work is done for the year.
Senator John Cornyn claims that although McCain missed votes this week, he expects that he will “definitely” be back for the tax vote next week.
“He’s just saving his energy and resting up for the big vote next week,” Cornyn said.
The news of McCain’s hospitalization came the same day Meghan McCain, the senator’s daughter, became emotional while discussing his illness on “The View.”
During an interview with Joe Biden, whose son, Beau, died of glioblastoma, McCain said the former vice president’s new memoir was too distressing for her.
“I couldn’t get through your book, I tried,” she said. “I think about Beau almost every day, and I was told that this doesn’t get easier.”
As much of a pain in the butt that McCain is, we will never wish ill-harm on anyone. We pray for the Senator’s recovery.