- Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle
are mourning the loss of theirdear friend and colleague,
Senator John McCain, who passed away
after battling braincancer at the age of 81.
- But I'll use all theknowledge I've acquired
from experience and allthe strength I have.
- [Abigail] Senator JohnMcCain served his country
with distinction for more than 60 years,
beginning in 1958.
That's when he graduatedfrom the US Naval Academy
and headed to the serviceas a naval aviator.
During the Vietnam War,McCain's plane was shot down
in 1967, leading to hiscapture and lifelong
As a prisoner of war,McCain turned down a chance
at early release becauseof his father's rank.
He chose instead to remain in prison
with his fellow Americansoldiers until 1973.
McCain left the Navy topursue politics in 1981.
Arizona voters elected him to two terms
in the House of Representativesbefore sending him
to the Senate in 1986.
- I've been a member ofthe United States Senate
for 30 years.
I had another long, not as long career
before I arrived here.
Another profession thatwas profoundly rewarding
and in which I hadexperiences and friendships
that I revere, but make no mistake,
my service here is the most important job
I've had in my life.
- [Abigail] McCain ran forpresident twice in his lifetime.
He lost to George W. Bushin the 2000 primaries.
And eight years later, becamethe Republican nominee,
taking on fellow Senator, Barack Obama,
who won the White House.
- John McCain is not just an American hero
because of what he did inthe war back in Vietnam.
He's an American hero right there in the
49 state Senate as well.
- Is there any member ofthe United States Senate
that has read this?
- [Abigail] Throughouthis political career,
McCain earned a reputationof being a maverick
for voting against his own party.
His most recent stand camewhen he gave an infamous
thumbs down that killedthe Republican attempt
to repeal and replace Obamacare.
- He really did wannawork across the aisle
in a bipartisan way and that is a lost art
in Washington DC.
- [Abigail] In one of his final speeches
on the Senate floor, McCainimplored his fellow senators
to work together again to get things done
for the American people.
- Let's trust each other.
Let's return to regular order.
We've been spinning our wheels on too many
important issues because wekeep trying to find a way
to win without help from across the aisle.
That's an approach that'sbeen employed by both sides,
mandating legislation from the top down
without any support from the other side,
with all the parliamentaryremovers that requires.
We're getting nothing done, my friends.
We're getting nothing done.
- Senator McCain fought fora return to regular order
through his last days in the Senate.
His legacy will live on asan American hero and patriot
who faithfully served hiscountry until his final days
here on earth.
- I hope to impress on you again
that it is an honor toserve the American people
in your company.
Thank you, fellow Senators.
Mr. President, I yield the floor.