Number two US House Republican Steve Scalise has cancer
The House Majority leader said he had been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a blood cancer.
“I expect to work through this period and intend to return to Washington,” the Louisiana lawmaker said.
The 57-year-old survived a mass shooting in 2017 and underwent an extensive recovery.
“I am incredibly grateful we were able to detect this early and that this cancer is treatable,” he said in a statement on Tuesday.
“I am thankful for my excellent medical team, and with the help of God, support of my family, friends, colleagues, and constituents, I will tackle this with the same strength and energy as I have tackled past challenges.”
Mr Scalise was elected to the US Congress in 2008 and has steadily risen through the ranks of Republican leadership.
He is currently right-hand man to House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, and his job is to keep the chamber’s conservative majority in line. (BBC)