GOP, Dem lawmakers come together for McCain documentary
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An absent Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainOvernight Defense: Trump signs 7B defense policy bill into law | Rips McCain hours after signing bill named after him | Green Beret killed in Afghanistan blast Tapper thanks McCain for his service ‘since President Trump would not do it’ Trump rips McCain hours after signing bill named after him MORE brought both sides of the aisle together Thursday at a Capitol screening of a soon-to-be-released HBO documentary about the Arizona Republican.

“You rarely meet great people … Great human beings — few. He’s one of them,” Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSenate Democrats should stop playing politics on Kavanaugh Montana GOP Senate hopeful touts Trump's support in new ad Strong job growth drives home choice for voters this election MORE (D-N.Y.) told an audience of lawmakers, staffers, friends and family gathered at the Capitol Visitor Center for the screening of “John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls.”

“His story is a story of American heroism personified,” Schumer said of the Vietnam War prisoner of war, who is battling an aggressive form of brain cancer. When he thinks of his colleague McCain, Schumer quipped, “I think of his steadfastness, which could also be called stubbornness. His biting sense of humor, which could also be called cantankerous.”

Eighty-one-year-old McCain agreed shortly after his July 2017 cancer diagnosis to participate in the HBO film, which premieres on the premium cable network on Memorial Day.

“We all miss him very dearly. We wish his speedy recovery,” Schumer said of McCain, who is in Arizona. “And with all due respect to the doctors who are treating him, I look forward to seeing John again soon in the flesh.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's 12:30 Report Republican strategist: Trump is 'driven by ego' Senate GOP campaign arm asking Trump to endorse McSally in Arizona: report MORE (R-Ky.) also heaped praise on the six-term lawmaker and former GOP presidential nominee.

“Each of us who’s served with John McCain can remember a time when he was our fiercest ally, and a time when he was our most maddening opponent,” McConnell said.

“His side-splitting jokes, his big smile, and the fact that he always did what he truly thought best for the country would never fail to win you back in the end — even if you had been in a big fight,” McConnell said.

“I miss our friend,” added McConnell — who said he visited McCain and his wife, Cindy, last Sunday. “I’m glad he’s being honored with this film.”

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamWhite House staff offered discounts at Trump's NJ golf club: report Graham: DOJ official was 'unethical' in investigating Trump campaign because his wife worked for Fusion GPS Sunday shows preview: Virginia lawmakers talk Charlottesville, anniversary protests MORE (R-S.C.), McCain’s closest friend in Congress, said, “I always say, ‘I’ll be short,’ and John says, ‘Well, you are.’ ”

“The reason our colleagues are here is because they respect John,” Graham said of the bipartisan show of force, “and if you have not been on the other side of John, that means you didn’t do much in the Senate.”

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharHillicon Valley: FBI fires Strzok after anti-Trump tweets | Trump signs defense bill with cyber war policy | Google under scrutiny over location data | Sinclair's troubles may just be beginning | Tech to ease health data access | Netflix CFO to step down House Intel lawmakers introduce bipartisan election security bill Election Countdown: Takeaways from too-close-to-call Ohio special election | Trump endorsements cement power but come with risks | GOP leader's race now rated as 'toss-up' | Record numbers of women nominated | Latino candidates get prominent role in 2020 MORE (D-Minn.) jested that it was a “real badge of honor” among Democrats to “be called a Socialist or to get a call from [McCain saying,] ‘You were pretty good on TV, for a Communist.”

Among those eyed at the screening: the senator’s 106-year-old mother, Roberta McCain; his brother, Joe McCain; daughter Sidney McCain; Sens. Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowMichigan county investigating ballot shortage in election Michigan Dems elect state's first all-female statewide ticket for midterms The Hill's Morning Report — Signs of trouble for Republicans in House special election MORE (D-Mich.); Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinDems seize on Kavanaugh emails to question role in terrorism response Trump gives thumbs up to prison sentencing reform bill at pivotal meeting Overnight Defense: Officials make show of force on election security | Dems want probe into Air Force One tours | Pentagon believes Korean War remains 'consistent' with Americans MORE (D-Ill.); Johnny IsaksonJohn (Johnny) Hardy IsaksonOvernight Defense: Questions mount over Trump's Iran tweet | House, Senate unveil compromise defense bill | Bill includes Russia sanctions waivers, limits on Turkey's access to F-35 | Endangered species measures dropped Senate confirms Trump's VA pick despite opposition from some Dems This week: House GOP heads for the exit MORE (R-Ga.); John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (R-La.); Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerMississippi courthouse named for Thad Cochran GOP senators introduce resolution endorsing ICE Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers eye ban on Chinese surveillance cameras | DOJ walks back link between fraud case, OPM breach | GOP senators question Google on Gmail data | FCC under pressure to delay Sinclair merger review MORE (R-Miss.); Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenHillicon Valley: Trump officials deliver show of force on election security | Apple hits trillion | How fake Facebook groups manipulated real activists | Senate group seeks new Russia sanctions Senators introduce bill to slap 'crushing' new sanctions on Russia Hillicon Valley: Manafort trial is Mueller's first courtroom test | Dem eyes options for tech crackdown | Activist publishes 11K Wikileaks Twitter messages | Trump, officials huddle on election security | How the 'Abolish ICE' hashtag caught fire MORE (D-N.H.) and Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderGovernor's race grabs spotlight in Tennessee primaries A single courageous senator can derail the Trump administration GOP worries trade wars will last as Trump engages in temporary tiffs MORE (R-Tenn.) having a bipartisan pow-wow and cracking jokes at a reception table outside the Congressional Auditorium; CNN’s Dana Bash, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenAvenatti on 2020 campaign: 'The truth is my policy issue' Democrats embracing socialism is dangerous for America Lawrence O'Donnell: Secret Service could ‘physically remove’ Trump from White House when he loses in 2020 MORE (D-Mass.); Tammy Haddad; Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetWhen it comes to drone tech, wildfire officials need the rights tools for the job NFL player wears 'Immigrants made America great' hat mocking Trump US farmers shouldn't be collateral damage in free-traders' crusade MORE (D-Colo.); Sen. Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyEnergy Department clears ‘small-scale’ natural gas exports for fast approval GOP senators introduce resolution endorsing ICE Lawmakers pitch dueling plans for paid family leave MORE (R-La.); Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiAlaska fishermen worry Trump tariffs will be ‘devastating’ to seafood industry Senate Judiciary announces Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing NRA will spend M to support Kavanaugh for Supreme Court: report MORE (R-Alaska); Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonWhen it comes to drone tech, wildfire officials need the rights tools for the job GOP chairman readies Steele dossier subpoenas Republican questions CBP’s release of man wanted on murder warrant MORE (R-Wis.) chatting with Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntGOP senator pushes back on Trump’s attacks on Maxine Waters’s intelligence Pair of DC fundraisers aims to boost McCaskill challenger Kansas City mayoral candidate: Trump is trying to define patriotism MORE (R-Mo.) and “PBS NewsHour” anchor Judy Woodruff; and Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerGOP leaders: No talk of inviting Russia delegation to Capitol Collins and Murkowski face recess pressure cooker on Supreme Court Tougher Russia sanctions face skepticism from Senate Republicans MORE (R-Tenn.).