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.
What a remarkable moment it would be if a war hero, fighting cancer, returned to the Senate to say "this is wrong, America must be better."— Cody Keenan (@codykeenan) July 25, 2017
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.