Barrasso, Schatz, Moran, Cardin

Morning Business

Senator Barrasso: (5:18 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to Sen. John McCain.
    • "Known for his stubborn courage and his heroic patriotism. He leaves a legacy of devotion and love for his country and his family when I first came to the Senate, Mr. President, John was very welcoming. He knew I had been an orthopedic surgeon and told me to take a look at his x-rays. Of course the x-rays showed the many fractures as a result of being shot down over Hanoi and the subsequent beatings as a prisoner of war. It was out of pure generosity on his part that we became friends and traveling companions. John took great pride in this institution and in knowing that none of us in this body of 100, left or right, Republican or Democrat, conservative or liberal, none of us agreed with him 100% of the time, but every one of us respected him and the strength of his convictions."


Senator Schatz: (5:29 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to Sen. John McCain.
    • "He was an early voice that warned about North Korea's nuclear program, and as a long-time member and chairman of the Armed Services Committee, he always stood up for our men and women in uniform. A few years ago on the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, my predecessor Daniel K. Inouye planned to give a floor speech remembering the 2,004 Americans who died that day. Senator Inouye's staff let it known he would mark the anniversary on the Senate floor but he gave that speech to a chamber that was not full. But John McCain was there. He was there for Senator Inouye just as he had been there for our military and for our country time after time."


Senator Moran: (5:35 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to Sen. John McCain.
    • "I first met John McCain in 1996 in Hayes, Kansas, my hometown. Senator Bob Dole, then a candidate for president of the United States, would fly into the airport in Hayes near his hometown of Russell. This time he had a guest with him, John McCain, who was his campaign chairman in his presidential campaign. I watched the two of them interact and it's really the first time I had the opportunity to see a senator perhaps other than my own two from Kansas. Senator Dole had the greatest regard for Senator McCain. Senator Dole wore the P.O.W. bracelet never having known John McCain when he was a P.O.W. but by happenstance chose to wear a bracelet in honor of and respect for, being concerned about a P.O.W. in Vietnam."


Senator Cardin: (5:47 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to Sen. John McCain.
    • "Mr. President, I rise today to express great sadness for the passing of Senator John McCain. It marks a deep loss for this country, the state of Arizona, and above all his family and friends. John McCain was an honorable public servant who sacrificed greatly to serve his country in uniform and as a lawmaker proudly represented the people of Arizona. Mr. President, I will always remember the bipartisan luncheon that we had. When senator McCain recounted his experiences as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. There wasn't a dry eye in our caucus. In my visit to Vietnam, I had a chance to visit the Hanoi Hilton and see firsthand the place where John McCain acted so bravely. He was truly an American hero."