Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., returned to American capital., on Tuesday after a brain cancer diagnosis to help Republican River leaders commence argue on health care. But afterward casting his vote in favor of arguing, McCain took the floor and said he would not vote for the current health bill, the latest cartesian product of a controversial and contentious process in which Republicans have amazed betting odds with one another also because with Democrats.
McCain called for a return to “regular order” in the Senate, urging his colleagues to move toward compromise and an assailable legislative appendage.
“Our responsibilities are authoritative, vitally authoritative, to the continued success of our republic. And our arcane rules and customs are deliberately intended to require across-the-board cooperation to function well at all,” he said. “The most august members of this institution acceptable the essential of compromise in order to make incremental progress on solving the America’s jobs and champion her from her adversaries.”
Here are video and transcript of his full remarks:
I thank you, Mr. President. I’ve stood in this place a lot of clips and accosted this president, many presiding officers. I’ve been so addressed when I have babysat in that chair. That’s as close as I’ll ever get to the presidency. Anyway, it has an honorific we’re almost indifferent to, isn’t it? Presiding over the Senate can be a nuisance, a bit of ceremonial occasion bore. It is usually relegated to the more junior members of the majority. But I abide here today looking a little worse for the article of clothing, I am sure. I have a refreshed appreciation for the protocols and custom of this body and for the other 99 favored souls who have comprised elected to this Senate. I have been a member of the United States Senate as thirty years. I accepted another long, if not as long, career before I arrived here, another profession that was profoundly rewarding, and in which I had experiences and friendships that I revere. But make no mistake, my service here is the most authoritative job I’ve had in my aliveness. And I’m so grateful — so grateful to the people of Arizona for the privilege, for the abide by of serving here and the chances it gives me to play a small role in the account of the country that I beloved. I’ve known and admired men and women in the Senate who played much more than a small role in our history, true statesmen, giants of American government, that come from both parties and from various backgrounds. Their ambitions were frequently in conflict. They held different aspects on the issues of the daylight, and they often had very serious discrepancies about how best to serve the home concern. But they knew that however sharp and heartfelt their disputes, however, keen their ambitions, they had an obligation to work collaboratively to ensure the Senate discharged its built-in responsibilities efficaciously. Our responsibilities are important, vitally important, to the bore on a success of our republic. And our arcane rules and customs are deliberately intended to require broad cooperation to function well at all. The most august appendages of this institution accepted the essence of compromise in order to make incremental progress on solving America’s problems and defend her from her adversaries. That principle mindset and the service of our predecessors who possessed them come to mind I discover the Senate referred to as the world’s greatest deliberative body. I’m not sure we can claim that distinction with a straight face today. I’m sure it wasn’t always deserved in previous eras either, but I’m sure at that place to have been clipped when I was privileged to witness some of those occasions. Our deliberations today — not just our debates, but the exercise of all of our responsibilities — authorizing government policies, appropriating the funds to implement them, exercising our advice and consent role, are often lively and interesting. They can be sincere in principle, but they’re more partisan, more of the time than at any clip that I can buoy call back. Our deliberations can still be important and useful. But I think we’d all agree, they haven’t been overburdened by greatness lately. Like now, they aren’t acquiring much for the American citizenry. Both sides accept let this happen. Let’s leave the history of who shot first to the historians. I suspect they’ll find we all conspired in our decline, either by deliberate actions or neglect. We’ve all played some role in it. Certainly, I have. Sometimes I’ve allowed my passion convention my reason. Sometimes I made it harder to find common ground because of something harsh I said to a colleague. Sometimes I’ve cherished to win a lot for the sake of winning than to achieve a contested policy.