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FILE - In this July 11, 2017 file photo, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. listens on Capitol Hill in Washington, during the committee's confirmation hearing for Nay Secretary nominee Richard Spencer. Surgeons in Phoenix said they removed a blood clot from above the left eye of McCain. Mayo Clinic Hospital doctors said Saturday, July 15 that McCain underwent a "minimally invasive" procedure to remove the nearly 2-inch (5-centimeter) clot, and that the surgery went "very well." They said the 80-year-old Republican is resting comfortably at his home in Arizona. Pathology reports are expected in the next several days. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

McCain will return for a close Obamacare vote



Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) will return to Washington, D.C. on Tuesday to participate in the Senate’s major vote on repealing and replacing Obamacare, according to his office.

McCain’s office announced McCain’s return late Monday, according to Politico, one day before a procedural vote on the healthcare law that faces a narrow path to passage.

McCain was diagnosed with brain cancer last week, leaving Republican leadership scrambling to get the 50 votes needed for starting debate on the controversial Obamacare repeal bill.

“They were trying to get approval [from his doctors] from his travel arrangements,” Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) said earlier Monday.

“I’ve personally volunteered to rent an RV,” he added of McCain, the GOP’s presidential nominee in 2008.

Some Twitter users on Monday voiced hope that McCain would help block his own party from repealing Obamacare.

Other people on the social media platform urged McCain to help scrap Obamacare and reform America’s healthcare system.

McCain had a blood clot removed from above his left eye last week, quickly putting his presence in the Senate for a vote on the GOP’s Obamacare repeal bill in doubt.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) needs 50 of the upper chamber’s 52 GOP senators to vote in favor of the House-passed bill for repealing Obamacare.

McCain’s inclusion means that McConnell can afford to have two Republicans defect and still have Vice President Mike Pence break a tie assuming all Democrats oppose the measure.

President Trump had made repealing and replacing Obamacare a key priority of his presidency having campaigned on it extensively last year.

Republicans have struggled for a consensus on the best strategy for accomplishing Trump’s goal, however, with conservatives and moderates have conflicting opinions on the matter.

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