How John McCain spent his weekend days after cancer announcement

Posted July 26, 2017

President Donald Trump called the senator on Thursday, said a White House official who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private talks. "He's a war hero because he was captured".

His colleagues say it's not surprising McCain would hurry back to the Senate. "Thank you John", Trump wrote.

He bemoaned the lack of legislative action in Congress, the GOP's secretive process in working on repealing and replacing Obamacare and a plea for Democrats and Republicans to work together.

Trump warned that anyone who votes not to take up the bill on Tuesday is saying they are "fine with the Obamacare nightmare".

The arrival of McCain just days after he was diagnosed with brain cancer gave Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) breathing room because he can lose the votes of two Republicans, instead of just one with McCain absent, and still pass the procedural bill with Vice President Mike Pence's tiebreaker.

U.S. Republican Senator John McCain, who has been recuperating in Arizona after being diagnosed with brain cancer, will return to Washington for a vote on healthcare reform on Tuesday, his office said in a statement on Monday. And there could be sweet revenge in defying cancer to undo the signature legislation of the man who beat him for the presidency in 2008, Barack Obama. "Repeal or Repeal & Replace!" It's even stranger because what they're even voting on is unclear - here's a quick explainer that might help.

In a statement posted later on her website, Ward said McCain's cancer is "both devastating and debilitating" and he "owes it to the people of Arizona to step aside" when he's no longer able to perform his duties.

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain speaks during the committee's hearing on foreign cyber threats, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 5, 2017.

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"If Capito and Heller stay as no, it's clear we are dead", said a Republican familiar with internal deliberations. I hate to tell you.

McConnell is nursing a slim 52-48 majority, making McCain's return crucial.

McCain, 80, has signaled that he has no intention to step down, taking to Twitter on Thursday to vow his speedy return.

Roberts said his main concern is the effect of spending cuts on rural hospitals that get Medicaid funds.

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

"We can't wait until the 2018 election waiting around to accomplish the Trump agenda, to secure the border and stop illegal immigration and repeal Obamacare and fix the economy and fix the veterans administration", she said.

Efforts to resurrect McConnell's Obamacare replacement suffered a further blow on Friday when the Senate parliamentarian issued a preliminary finding that key parts of the proposal don't qualify for a fast-track procedure being used by the GOP.