Sen. John McCain (above) dissed Long Island on the Senate floor today, earning a Twitter rebuke from New York Sen. Charles Schumer.
Updated: 6:25 p.m.
Sens. John McCain and Charles Schumer sparred today over a joke the Arizona Republican made about Long Island while discussing legislation on the Senate floor, with the New York Democrat taking to Twitter to demand an apology.
In a debate with Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) over how the federal government should handle terrorist detainees apprehended on U.S. soil, McCain said: “Isn’t it true that Justice [Sandra Day] O’Connor was specifically referring to a case for a person captured on Long Island? Last I checked, Long Island was part — albeit sometimes regrettably — part of the United States of America.”
Schumer, who was not on the Senate floor at the time of McCain’s remark, responded on Twitter with a post directed at his Republican colleague: “All of America saw how heroic Long Islanders were on 9/11. #LongIsland deserves an apology.”
But McCain was unrepentant, taking to the floor soon after to deliver a sarcastic apology.
“In an exchange on the floor ... I mentioned the wonderful people of Long Island,” McCain said. “I made a joke. I’m sorry there’s at least one of my colleagues that can’t take a joke, and so I apologize if I offended him and hope that someday he will have a sense of humor.”
Schumer responded on Twitter: “NYers can take a joke. But if @SenJohnMcCain wants to mock parts of America, stick to Arizona.”
Leaders from military and veterans service organizations joined Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Kelly Ayotte , R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at a press conference to urge the Senate to replace a provision in the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for veterans. Wicker, Ayotee, and Graham earlier called for a bipartisan solution to replace the $6.3 billion in cuts to military retiree benefits.
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