Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks (R) will have surgery next week for prostate cancer, thereby missing several key votes. In a Wednesday announcement, Brooks said that he trusts that he has "a very good prognosis." The conservative Republican will be absent when the House of Representatives votes next week on a possible federal government shutdown and tax reform. It is unlikely that he will get medical clearance to be present for the votes.
The 63-year-old Brooks said on the House floor on Wednesday that his loss to Roy Moore in the Republican primary race for the U.S. Senate saved his life. "Had I won, I would not have had time for my physical and [prostate-specific antigen blood] test. I would not have had a prostate biopsy. I would not now know about my high-risk prostate cancer that requires immediate surgery." The clearly emotional Brooks said, "In retrospect and paradoxically, losing the Senate race may have saved my life. Yes, God does work in mysterious ways."
Brooks received his diagnosis in October. He encouraged men to monitor their Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) levels. The congressman is slated for surgery on December 20. He was one of a number of members of Congress who survived a mass shooting this spring at a charity baseball game in Virginia.
Moore lost the special election on Tuesday to Democrat Doug Jones in an unexpected defeat.