A bipartisan group of senators is doubling down on a push to start a human rights commission named after the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainGOP senators appalled by 'ridiculous' House infighting MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace, Chris Christie battle over Fox News Trump's attacks on McConnell seen as prelude to 2024 White House bid MORE (R-Ariz.).“Senator McCain was a remarkable man who used his role in the Senate to advocate for human rights and to stand up for people around the world who were denied basic freedoms. He embodied our country’s values and understood the critical role of the United States in promoting human rights across the globe," Coons said in a statement when he introduced the legislation.
Lawmakers want to attach legislation creating the John S. McCain III Human Rights Commission to a mammoth defense authorization bill that the late GOP senator helped craft as Armed Services Committee chairman.
The Senate is set to start debating the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) later this week. The amendment to form the commission named after McCain is one of hundreds lawmakers are offering to the NDAA; it's unclear how many will ultimately get a vote on the Senate floor or be included in the bill.
The commission, according to the legislation, would hold hearings and briefings on human rights violations and collaborate with the Trump administration and outside groups on human rights initiatives.
Sens. Christopher CoonsChris Andrew CoonsBiden signs four bills aimed at helping veterans Senators: US allies concerned Senate won't pass annual defense bill The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - House to vote on Biden social spending bill after McCarthy delay MORE (D-Del.) and Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisOvernight Defense & National Security — A new plan to treat Marines 'like human beings' Republicans press Milley over perceived progressive military agenda Gun control group alleges campaign finance violations in lawsuit against NRA MORE (R-N.C.), who co-chair the Senate Human Rights Caucus, first introduced legislation to create the commission named after McCain late last year.
The senators reintroduced the legislation earlier this year in the 116th Congress. Cindy McCain, the late senator's wife, wrote in a tweet at the time that "the U.S. must lead on human rights. What a wonderful way to honor my husband’s legacy."
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate nearing deal on defense bill after setback On The Money — Powell pivots as inflation rises Schumer eyeing Build Back Better vote as soon as week of Dec. 13 MORE (R-Ky.) said last year that he was forming a "gang" to come up with ideas for how the Senate could remember John McCain, who died from an aggressive form of brain cancer in August. That group hasn't yet publicly put forward their ideas.
Sen. Johnny IsaksonJohnny IsaksonHerschel Walker calls off fundraiser with woman who had swastika in Twitter profile Georgia reporter says state will 'continue to be a premier battleground' Critical race theory becomes focus of midterms MORE (R-Ga.) noted earlier this year that McCain's family had also put together a group to come up with ideas.
Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - The omicron threat and Biden's plan to beat it Lawmakers take aim at 'Grinches' using bots to target consumers during holidays Democratic frustration growing over stagnating voting rights bills MORE (D-N.Y.) has floated renaming the Russell Senate Office building after McCain, but the idea faced backlash from some GOP senators.