SASC Chairman Diagnosed With Brain Cancer
Senator John McCain (Ariz), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, recently had surgery to remove a blood clot above his left eye. Subsequent tissue pathology revealed that a brain tumor known as a glioblastoma, an aggressive form of cancer, was linked to the blood clot. This is not the former Navy pilot and Vietnam POW’s first battle with cancer. In 2000 the former GOP 2008 Presidential nominee successfully eliminated melanoma from his left arm and in 2002 eliminated melanoma from his nose. The 80-year-old Senator is currently being treated at the Mayo Clinic. A recent statement announced the doctors treating Senator McCain will decide when he can return to work. Last year he was re-elected to his sixth consecutive term as Arizona’s senior Senator. In 2000, FRA awarded McCain the FRA Pinnacle Award for being the outstanding legislator of the previous year. Despite the absence of the Chairman, the Senate Armed Services Committee is continuing to function with Senator James Inhofe (Okla.) as acting Chairman.