Republicans have long used the congressional floor to step on socialism and warn against its rise in the United States. Questioning Democrats loyalty has been a decades-long GOP strategy.
Sen. John McCain paid tribute to his fellow Arizona Republican and “dear friend” Sen. Jeff Flake on the Senate floor Tuesday afternoon, shortly after Flake announced he would not be running for re-election.
“I have seen Jeff Flake stand up for what he believes in, knowing full well that there would be a political price to pay,” McCain said.
“In different times, we may have even considered [these nominees] on voice votes,” McConnell said. “But this is where we are.”
Former Sen. Pete Domenici died Wednesday morning at age 85, which Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced to the Senate chamber.
“He had a long and notable career,” McConnell said. “One that took him from pitching on the baseball diamond, to teaching mathematics at an Albuquerque junior high school, from city politics to the U.S. Senate.”