Republican US Senator John McCain leaves Washington before expected tax vote

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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) returned to his home state on Sunday to spend time with his family and recover from chemotherapy treatment after spending the past week in a Maryland hospital.

Sen. John McCain says he's feeling well and is looking forward to returning to work in Washington after the holidays.

"He is grateful for the excellent care he continues to receive, and appreciates the outpouring of support from people all over the country". He was diagnosed with the tumor following surgery to remove a blood clot in July.

Dr. Mark Gilbert chief of neuro-oncology at the National Institutes of Health's National Cancer Institute, said McCain responded well to his treatment at Walter Reed Medical Center.

"Senator McCain is now receiving treatment at Walter Reed Medical Center for normal side effects of his ongoing cancer therapy". "An evaluation of his underlying cancer shows he is responding positively to ongoing treatment".

The Senate is expected to vote as early as Tuesday on tax legislation.

John McCain, to extend "best wishes" and see how her husband was doing, the Associated Press reported Saturday.

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The president says: "They've headed back, but I understand he'll come if we ever needed his help, which hopefully we won't".

On Sunday, Mr. McCain's daughter Meghan McCain wrote on Twitter, "My father is doing well and we are all looking forward to spending Christmas together in Arizona".

The Senate already passed the tax bill once, but must do so again now that it has been joined with the House's version.

The vote is expected to come this week to fulfill a promise to pass the bill before Christmas.

If the count is deadlocked, Vice President Mike Pence would cast the tie-breaking vote in favor of Republicans.

The Republicans were also without Sen.

McCain is unlikely to return to Washington this year, one of the sources said. Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said last week that they will vote for the measure after indicating earlier that they would not. He suffered a minor tear in his right Achilles tendon, forcing him to wear a walking brace.

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