McCain hospitalized just before crucial vote on tax overhaul

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Senator John McCain, 81, was hospitalized Wednesday to treat the “normal side effects” of brain cancer therapy, according to his office.

The 2008 Republican presidential nominee was diagnosed with a brain tumor known as a glioblastoma over the summer and was operated on after doctors found a blood clot over his left eye during a routine checkup. Since then, he’s been undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatments.

According to a statement from his office, “Senator McCain is currently receiving treatment at Walter Reed Medical Center (in Bethesda, Maryland) for normal side effects of his ongoing cancer therapy. As ever, he remains grateful to his physicians for their excellent care, and his friends and supporters for their encouragement and good wishes. A day earlier McCain received an MRI scan at the National Institutes of Health, also in Bethesda.”

The Arizona senator will continue to undergo cancer treatments at NIH “while maintaining a regular work schedule in the United States Senate,” his office noted.

An outspoken Trump critic, McCain was the reason Trump’s effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act health law failed earlier this year.

As the administration’s tax overhaul comes up for approval, he’s being closely watched, despite the fact that he voted for the measure last month. Republicans currently hold a narrow 52-48 majority, and since no Democrats are currently supporting the measure, McCain’s vote is crucial.

“Should McCain’s return be delayed, prospects for the tax overhaul would narrow substantially,” according to a report in Breitbart.

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