North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis (R), months after squeaking out a reelection win, announced that he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and will undergo surgery next week.
“I am in the hands of outstanding medical professionals and expect to make a full recovery,” Tillis said in a Monday statement.
“I am blessed that my cancer was detected relatively early, and I can’t emphasize enough how important routine screenings are, regardless of how healthy you think you are,” he continued. “I had no symptoms and would have never imagined I had cancer.”
About one in eight men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetimes, according to Cancer.org.
“My prognosis is good because I went to my annual physical and received a PSA test, which led to a biopsy and eventually my diagnosis,” Tillis also said in the statement. “Early detection can truly save lives.”
The 60-year-old Tillis has served in the Senate since 2015 and beat Democrat Cal Cunningham back in November by less than two percentage points.
The full Senate will not convene again until mid-April, according to NBC News. Although, the outlet notes that it is unclear whether the North Carolina senator will miss any votes in the upper chamber, where it is split 50-50 and Vice President Kamala Harris serves as the tie-breaking vote.
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In a turn of events, the House of Representatives made history on Friday with a vote to expel Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.), marking the first such expulsion in over two decades. A moment fraught with gravity unfolded as Speaker Mike Johnson wielded his gavel to formalize Santos’ removal, setting a precedent in congressional annals.
Santos, indicted on 23 counts related to wire fraud, identity theft, and other charges, has not faced conviction but stands accused of misusing campaign funds for opulent purchases. The bipartisan vote, tallying 311 to 114, signaled robust support for expulsion, with a marginally higher number of Republicans opting to retain Santos.
Questions loomed as Speaker Johnson left the chamber, his silence leaving the fate of the ongoing government spending battle uncertain. According to reports from Fox News, Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer emphasized the non-partisan nature of the decision, asserting that members concluded Santos had tarnished the House’s reputation and was unfit for representation.
Within the GOP, conflicting opinions emerged, with Rep. Darrell Issa arguing against expulsion, citing the presumption of innocence. The tight-lipped stance of the House Ethics Committee played a pivotal role in the deliberations.
Conversely, members of the New York Republican delegation, led by Rep. Marc Molinaro, asserted Santos’ commission of crimes, justifying expulsion based on a comprehensive investigation.
Santos himself predicted the outcome in an exclusive morning interview on “FOX & Friends.” This vote not only underlines the House’s rare use of expulsion powers but also sets a critical precedent in handling members facing severe legal challenges.
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