Hoeven, Tester, Sasse

Morning Business

Senator Hoeven: (5:56 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to Sen. John McCain.
    • "He fought fiercely for what he believed in. Everybody talks about how when he took a position, he took it - he took it with a passion. And so whenever you debated him or discussed things with him, when you worked with him, when you were on the same side, when you disagreed, he had that amazing passion that came through and many have remarked on it. It was a remarkable trait. It's part of that warrior in him. For the entirety of his life, John endlessly advocated for men and women in uniform. He served and he served them throughout his life in the senate. Working with him to support our service members and veterans is something that I will never forget. "


Senator Tester: (6:07 p.m.)

  • Spoke on healthcare reform.
    • "But if he could have been denied health insurance coverage because of a preexisting condition, my husband probably would not have received the care that he needs. Karen from Belgrade, Montana, wrote something similar, saying, I am very concerned about the Department of Justice's decision to no longer defend Americans against health insurance companies who want to disavow people with preexisting conditions - disavow people with preexisting conditions. I am a cancer survivor, as is my 22-year-old son. It is frightening to think that both of us may be uninsurable in the future if this trend continues."


Senator Sasse: (6:16 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to Sen. John McCain.
    • "I knew John McCain as an American hero. But I didn't know John McCain the man. I didn't know John McCain, the flesh and blood, genuinely hilarious guy. But over the past 48 months I had the privilege of actually getting to become friends with John McCain. It's sort of weird to say when you're our age - you're a good bit older than I am, but when you're roughly our age, Mr. President, I'm 46 and John McCain was an octogenarian, and he befriended me. I've been on many overnights with John McCain, I've been to war Zones with John McCain. I've been cussed out by John McCain lots of times. He would call me stupid bastard on a regular basis and he meant it affectionately."