The cancer was discovered during surgery to treat a blood clot above his eye. But his voice was strong. His voice strong, he offered a bit of self-deprecation before launching into an impassioned speech, saying he was "looking a little worse for wear". McCain declared that even with full control of Congress and the White House, the GOP is "getting nothing done" beyond the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. With McCain back in Washington, McConnell can now afford to lose just two of his members.
We tried to do this by coming up with a proposal behind closed doors in consultation with the administration.
Then he criticized the current state of the institution, calling its workings "more partisan" and "more tribal" than "at any time than I can remember". "McCain is a fighter", said Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky during a Senate floor speech Tuesday. "We're his equal. As his responsibilities are onerous.so are ours".
Others blasted McCain on Twitter for leaving taxpayer-supported treatment to help pass legislation that -according to a Congressional Budget Office analysis - would lead to more than 20 million fewer people having insurance by 2026. Trying to explain the arcane and complicated ways in which the Senate cast votes - motion to proceed, motion to recommit, final passage etc. - is a total political loser.
Nine Republicans, ranging from moderates such as Susan Collins of ME to conservatives such as Rand Paul of Kentucky, voted against the bill, which would have made deep cuts to Medicaid, the health insurance program for the poor, and reduced Obamacare subsidies to lower-income people to help them defray the cost of health insurance. "It's a shell of a bill right now". But his vote for this shabby process - motivated more by a desire to undo an Obama-era policy than to improve health care - allowed it to continue. That has to be addressed, said McCain.
The Arizona senator has emerged as one of the president's most outspoken GOP critics on Capitol Hill.
Both compliments marked a 180-degree turn for Trump, who had disparaged the senator in the past. John Kennedy of Louisiana.
"So incredible that John McCain is returning to vote".
Senator John McCain had surgery to remove a malignant brain tumor just 10 days ago. The Senate's "Liberal Lion" and the last of the Kennedy brothers was diagnosed with glioblastoma in May 2008 and died in August 2009.
Revered on both sides of the aisle, McCain's health news cast a pall over the U.S. Capitol last week, and his return is sure to provide a morale boost for colleagues in both parties. Shelley Moore Caputo, who has expressed reservations about the GOP bill, to vote for it.
KING: But I do think that there are - I mean, I myself, since I got here in 2013, have been talking with a number of people about things we can improve and change in the Affordable Care Act. "It's surprising he's been in the hospital this long".