How Will John McCain's Brain Cancer Affect The Senate?

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Did John McCain's brain cancer diagnosis shake up Washington?

Senator John McCain's Brain Cancer Diagnosis

On Wednesday evening, Senator John McCain's aggressive brain cancer diagnosis broke out in Washington after doctors discovered a tumor above McCain's eye during a blood clot surgery. We then learned that the Arizona Senator has an aggressive malignant brain cancer called glioblastoma. McCain will undergo radiation and chemotherapy to treat the brain cancer.

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How Will John McCain's Brain Cancer Affect The Senate?

With Trump pushing the Senate to pass the health care bill before leaving for August recess, everyone is asking whether or not they think Sen. John McCain would return in time and how the diagnosis will affect the senate.

On Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that the Senate would vote on how to proceed with the health care legislation next week. Sen. Lindsey Graham was uncertain if McCain would return in time.

"They're going to spend the next few days figuring out medical options," Graham said. "I talked to John twice yesterday, the truth of the matter is no one saw this diagnosis coming. If he's physically possible he'll be back as soon as possible."

However, would McCain's absence make a difference in the vote?

USA Today stated that "despite frustration about the closed-door process GOP leadership took in drafting the health care legislation, McCain was not expected to be one of the lawmakers blocking a bill. Republicans hold such a narrow majority, 52-48, that even with McCain’s vote they can only lose the votes of two senators and still pass a bill."

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