John McCain returns to Washington as health vote teeters

Vastavam web: US Senator John McCain returns to Washington tomorrow for the first time since being diagnosed with brain cancer, his office announced, in order to take key votes on repealing Obamacare and passing sanctions on Russia. “Senator McCain looks forward to returning to the United States Senate tomorrow to continue working on important legislation, including health care reform, the National Defence Authorisation Act and new sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea,” a statement read late yesterday. His aides announced last week that he underwent surgery to remove a blood clot from above his left eye, and tests confirmed discovery of a brain tumour known as a glioblastoma, a particularly aggressive cancer.

Republicans hold 52 of the Senate’s 100 seats. With all Democrats opposed, President Donald Trump can afford just two defectors on the health care reform vote.Republicans are threading the needle on the bill, as three of the party’s senators said last week they would vote no on the motion to proceed. Republican leadership and Trump himself are leaning heavily on lawmakers to agree to vote on the procedural step that allows the Senate to begin debating and amending the bill.A vote is also expected tomorrow in the House of Representatives on a sanctions bill that will likely quickly come to the Senate.

The bill would impose tough new sanctions on Russia for its alleged meddling in the US presidential election last year and Moscow’s annexation of Crimea. It would also punish Iran and North Korea for recent ballistic missile tests.