Veteran resources dominates Sinema's maiden floor speech

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., arrive for the closed briefing on election security in the Capitol on Wednesday, July 10, 2019.  Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

Capitol Ink | Fitting Tributes

Remembering McCain: Personal Stories From CQ Roll Call Journalists
Political Theater Podcast, Episode 34

Sen. John McCain speaks with Roll Call senior reporter Niels Lesniewski. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. John McCain had countless interactions with members of the press during a career on Capitol Hill that spanned more than three decades. CQ's Patrick Pexton and Megan Scully along with Roll Call's Niels Lesniewski share personal anecdotes that reveal a more personal side to the late Arizona senator.

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What You Should Know About Sen. John McCain
Legacy includes accomplishments as a lawmaker and combat veteran

Sen. John McCain at the south rim of the Grand Canyon in July 2016. Roll Call followed McCain as he sat out the Republican National Convention to focus on his re-election campaign. (Daniel A. Anderson/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. John McCain’s legacy was far-reaching. The Arizona Republican was a combat veteran of the Vietnam War, a POW, a longtime senator with an independent streak who inspired, and sometimes aggravated, colleagues on both sides of the aisle, and a presidential candidate.

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Sen. Coons Reads Washington’s Farewell Address

Coons is the first Delaware senator to uphold the tradition. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

On President George Washington’s birthday, Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., delivered the traditional Washington’s Farewell Address floor speech on Monday.  

“It is an incredible honor to be the first senator from Delaware to read George Washington’s Farewell Address,” Coons told HOH.  

McCain Compares Presidential Debates to Vietnam


During the Feb. 6 Republican presidential debate, Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and John McCain, R-Ariz., reacted and joked for an Independent Journal Review video , notably relating McCain's Vietnam War experience with debates.  

Lawmakers Bet on the Super Bowl

Either Gardner, left, or Tillis, right, will have to pay off the bet. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

North Carolina GOP Sens. Thom Tillis and Richard Burr have challenged Colorado Sens. Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet to a friendly Super Bowl wager ahead of Sunday’s game. On Sunday, the Denver Broncos, lead by quarterback Payton Manning, play the Carolina Panthers, lead by quarterback Cam Newton, in Super Bowl 50.  

What’s on the line? A Senate floor speech, similar to what Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., gave on Monday  after the Arizona Cardinals lost to the Panthers in the NFC Championship. The freshman senator from the losing team's state is required to give the floor speech, which would be either Tillis or Gardner. The senator will have to give specific shout-outs to the Super Bowl champion’s head coach, quarterback, fan base and detail the greatness of the Super Bowl champion’s home state, according to a statement.  

McCain Promotes #AmericasMostWasted Report

This report is the fourth in McCain's America's Most Wasted series (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., went on a Twitter jaunt on Thursday to explain his top 12 examples of what he considers government waste.

McCain: 'What Did the Director of the CIA Know and When Did He Know It?'

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham have joined the chorus expressing outrage at the bombshell confirmation that the CIA was snooping on the Senate. The two senators indicated they looked forward to having conversations with colleagues over the August recess about a variety of responses, including congressional inquiries or a special prosecutor.  

"This is to me [of] the utmost seriousness. What did the director of the CIA know and when did he know it?" McCain said. Both senators blasted CIA Director John O. Brennan for having issued a public denial of the original allegations made by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. Other senators have begun to call for the resignation of Brennan, as New Mexico Democrat Martin Heinrich did just after noon Friday on MSNBC.  

John McCain's Favorite Flick: Fargo