Senator John McCain is returning to the Senate next week after undergoing treatments for brain cancer in Arizona over the August recess, several news outlets have reported. The Arizona Republican will join the rest of his colleagues in returning to Washington after a four-week break.
McCain is the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and is expected to lead debate on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell attempted to move to the defense bill after McCain helped sink the ObamaCare repeal bill in July, but the move was blocked by Senator Rand Paul, Politico reports.
McCain’s office released a statement Wednesday saying McCain “will return to the U.S. Senate next week as Congress begins a new legislative session and looks forward to continuing his work for the people of Arizona and the nation.”
McCain was diagnosed following a procedure to remove a blood clot. He underwent his first round of chemotherapy and radiation two weeks ago, according to a tweet from his daughter, Meghan McCain. “His resilience & strength is incredible. Fight goes on, here’s to small wins,” she tweeted.
According to a Politico report, the Senate is expected to consider the NDAA bill as soon as next week. Congress must also fund the government past September 30, raise the debt limit and extend a host of other expiring programs.