Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) will return to the Senate on Tuesday after being diagnosed with brain cancer, giving the GOP push to repeal and replace ObamaCare a boost of momentum.
“Senator McCain looks forward to returning to the United States Senate tomorrow to continue working on important legislation, including health care reform, the National Defense Authorization Act, and new sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea,” McCain’s office said on Monday evening.
McCain was absent last week after having surgery to remove a blood clot from above his left eye, which then revealed his cancer.
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) July 25, 2017
McCain’s vote could be crucial to the GOP effort to start the debate on healthcare, and GOP leadership has been eager for him to return.
“I’d personally volunteer to rent an RV and road trip,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said earlier Monday to reporters, when asked if McCain would be able to come back this week.
If McCain hadn’t returned, McConnell could only afford to lose one GOP senator on the initial hurdle. With McCain back, he can afford to lose two GOP senators and still let Vice President Pence break a tie.
But it was unclear earlier Monday if he would return for the chamber’s action on healthcare.
Cornyn, the No. 2 Senate Republican, had said that McCain was trying to get approval from his doctor to return to Washington, though Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) said he didn’t “expect” McCain to return.