We didn't know what at the time it would be but it turned out to be the vice president's tie-breaker."
Originally, some thought Isakson was going to need to fly in and cast one of the deciding votes on the House GOP's health care bill. That legislation was ultimately deep-sixed, but Isakson said he would have been ready to vote after spending quite a bit of time watching the debate on C-SPAN while on the mend.
“I have watched the Congress of the United States on television for eight weeks trying to rehab from spinal surgery. I know more about it than I knew about it when I was here," Isakson quipped.
While Isakson received his doctor's approval to come up for the day, he isn't yet cleared to return to D.C. full-time. But he promised he'd be back “as often as I can be back, which will be often.”
Isakson may need to make another trip to Washington as soon as next week. Senate Republicans may need his vote to break through another Democratic resistance effort — an expected filibuster of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. GOP leaders have threatened to execute what is known as the “nuclear option” to prevent such a Democratic blockade on high court picks.
“My option is always to be the team player. I’m on the team and I’ll be doing what Mitch needs me to do,” Isakson said earlier Thursday about Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, according to CNN.
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