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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer honors Sen. John McCain in the Senate.
In a rare show of bipartisanship, John McCain’s colleagues paid tribute to the late legislator and his legacy Monday in the Senate, as the leaders of the two sides lovingly recalled the Arizona Republican fighting spirit and unwavering devotion to the United States.
In his speech before the Senate, majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., remember, as a “scrappy pilot”, which is hardly a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, was a highly decorated war hero and one of the Washington leaders.
“America will miss her devoted son, your master, your elder statesman brave,” McConnell said, as McCain the Desk in the Senate was sitting, draped in black cloth and decorated with a vase with white flowers.
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Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who called himself “the other senator from Arizona,” he said during his time on the ground that it will not serve would Land well if people acted more like McCain.
“We owe it to his memory, to be more like him,” Flake said. “We would do well to honor him by emulating his example.”
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., joked that he and McCain can’t handle to pass if Schumer work for the first time in the Senate, but the two have a lasting friendship formed immigration reform.
Late sen. John McCain the Desk in the Senate.
Schumer also McCain cited the courage and commitment of the armed forces, prior to the call on the legislature to rename the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, after the late legislator. The Russell building currently houses the Senate Armed Services Committee offices.
“John’s dedication to the country and to the men and women who served, it was unshakable,” Schumer said. “His life embodies a story of American heroism.”
Senate Rules Committee Chairman Roy Blunt, R-Mo., said he was open to a proposal to rename the building, said the legislature should discuss. Such a proposal would go through his panel for the test.
Public viewing takes place in the Arizona Capitol on Wednesday, and the US Capitol on Friday, where he lay in state before he was buried at the Naval Academy cemetery in Annapolis, Md., on Sunday.
“John McCain fought his last battle, and cast his last vote,” McConnell said. “But the nation he loved, is not yet done with him.”
Rick Davis, McCain’s former campaign manager, said fellow Arizona lawmakers, including Sen. Jeff Flake, former Senator John Kyl and Gov. Doug Ducey, will be among those speaking at services in Phoenix.
The former Vice-President, Joe Biden, is a tribute to a Thursday service at North Phoenix Baptist Church. The service is sang set performances and a bagpiper as well.
The former President George W. Bush and Barack Obama speak at a Saturday memorial service at the Washington National Cathedral. The program also includes a tribute from McCain’s daughter Meghan, plus a performance of “Danny Boy” by the Opera star Renée Fleming.
President Trump on Monday issued a statement, admitting that he and McCain had big differences, but add that he respects the senator’s “service to our country” and signed a proclamation to fly the U.S. flag at half-staff until his burial.
The flag on the White house flew at half-staff over the weekend, but Monday is raised and then lowered again in the midst of the criticism.
Trump and McCain have feuded for years. Trump tweeted about McCain after his death Saturday, but several chances to speak has passed, to the public on the Arizona senator.
Trump added in his statement that he asked to speak to Vice President Mike Pence, at a ceremony to honor McCain in the Capitol on Friday and voted McCain family’s request for military Transport of McCain remains from Arizona to Washington.
Fox News’ Chad Pergram and The Associated Press contributed to this report.