Hours after McCain spurned his party and voted in opposition to a GOP measure to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the senator’s office announced Friday he will return to Arizona to undergo chemotherapy and radiation treatments for his recent diagnosis of brain cancer.
McCain, 80, was found this month to have a brain tumor known as a glioblastoma. He is scheduled to return to Washington in September after his initial treatments.
The United States is slapping Iran with new sanctions in response to its launch of a satellite-carrying rocket into space this week.
The sanctions target six Iranian subsidiaries of the Shahid Hemmat Industrial Group. The Treasury Department says that group is "central" to Iran's ballistic missile program.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the sanctions illustrate deep U.S. concerns about Iran's missile testing and other actions. He says the U.S. will continue countering Iran's ballistic missile program, including Thursday's "provocative space launch."
Though John McCain was one of three Republicans who helped Democrats squash the legislation to repeal Obamacare, conservative media is homing in on the Arizona senator for spurning his party in the healthcare vote.
House Speaker Paul Ryan said Friday that he's "disappointed and frustrated" by the failure of Republican healthcare legislation in the Senate.
But Ryan said in a statement that "we should not give up" after promising for years to repeal and replace Obamacare.
“We were sent to Washington to fulfill the pledges we made to our constituents," the statement said. "While the House delivered a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, unfortunately the Senate was unable to reach a consensus."
At the same time, the speaker said that overhauling the tax code is at the top of the House's list of priorities.