Republican US Senator John McCain leaves Washington before expected tax vote

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"But the word is that John will come back if we need his vote".

McCain's closest friend in the Senate, Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said he hadn't spoken to McCain but planned to do so over the holidays. "I wished her well". But his ability to get on a plane to Arizona was a "good sign", a source said.

McCain announced he had brain cancer in July shortly before casting the deciding vote against Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

CBS News is reporting that Republican Sen.

The absence of Mr. McCain, a Republican, is not expected to jeopardize passage of the tax overhaul, as party leaders won the support of two key holdouts on Friday and had appeared on track to have the support of all 52 Republican senators.

"Senator McCain has responded well to treatment he received at Walter Reed Medical Center for a viral infection and continues to improve", Gilbert said, according to the Associated Press. His office says the 81-year-old senator "looks forward to returning to Washington in January".

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Thank you to everyone for their kind words.

His daughter Meghan McCain tweeted Sunday: "My father is doing well and we are all looking forward to spending Christmas together in Arizona".

Now in his sixth Senate term, McCain underwent surgery in mid-July to remove a 2-inch blood clot in his brain after being diagnosed with glioblastoma. He voted for the initial version of the tax plan, which includes sweeping tax cuts and initially passed the Senate with 51 votes.

But for Republicans, the bar to pass the legislation isn't quite as high as initially feared. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bob Corker (R-TN) announced their support for the bill after winning some amendments or provisions.

His daughter, Meghan McCain, timed her November 21 wedding at the family cabin in Cornville, near Sedona, so that McCain could participate and give away the bride.

On Sunday morning, McCain's son-in-law Ben Domenech, a conservative writer, said on Face the Nation, "I'm happy to say that he's doing well", but acknowledged that McCain was dealing with symptoms from his treatment. 'The senator's been through a round of chemo and he went - and was hospitalized this week at Walter Reed'.