McConnell forming 'gang' to determine how Senate honors McCain

McConnell forming 'gang' to determine how Senate honors McCain
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP Green New Deal stunt is a great deal for Democrats The national emergency will haunt Republicans come election season Trump: McConnell should keep Senate in session until nominees are approved MORE (R-Ky.) on Tuesday said that he is forming a bipartisan committee tasked with determining how the Senate will honor the late GOP Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainGOP senator says Republicans didn't control Senate when they held majority Pence met with silence after mentioning Trump in Munich speech Mark Kelly's campaign raises over M in days after launching Senate bid MORE (Ariz.). 

"I'd like to put together an official group that can elaborate and bring together ideas from current members, former colleagues and friends. It will be bipartisan as only benefits John's legacy, and come to think of it, [I] would probably call it not a committee but a gang," McConnell said from the Senate floor, referencing McCain's participation in groups including the "Gang of 14" and the "Gang of Eight." 

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McConnell later told reporters that he'd be “appointing a group on a bipartisan basis to convene after Labor Day and to think thoroughly through the appropriate way to honor our colleague."

Though McCain's death has sparked bipartisan mourning on Capitol Hill, where the 81-year-old senator was deeply respected by both parties, senators have yet to rally around the best way to remember him.  

"The Senate is eager to work on concrete ways to ... provide a lasting tribute to this American hero long after this week's observances are complete," McConnell said on Tuesday. 

The Senate GOP leader noted that some have suggested naming the room of the Senate Armed Services Committee, which McCain chaired, after the GOP senator.  

Others, he said, have suggested putting McCain's portrait in a room directly off the Senate chamber, where only seven senators have their portraits hung.  

"It's a further tribute to our colleague that there's no shortage of good ideas," McConnell said. 

But Democrats, as well as some Republicans, are lining up behind renaming the Senate Russell Office Building after McCain. Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerGOP Green New Deal stunt is a great deal for Democrats National emergency declaration — a legal fight Trump is likely to win House Judiciary Dems seek answers over Trump's national emergency declaration MORE (D-N.Y.) and GOP Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeTrump suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign Live coverage: Trump delivers State of the Union Sasse’s jabs at Trump spark talk of primary challenger MORE (Ariz.) are drafting a resolution to rename the building. 

But GOP senators have been lukewarm to the idea. 

McConnell demurred on Monday when asked if he would support it, noting senators would be discussing how to honor McCain. 

Sen. John CornynJohn CornynOn unilateral executive action, Mitch McConnell was right — in 2014 Poll shows competitive matchup if O’Rourke ran for Senate again On The Money: Trump declares emergency at border | Braces for legal fight | Move divides GOP | Trump signs border deal to avoid shutdown | Winners, losers from spending fight | US, China trade talks to resume next week MORE (R-Texas), the No. 2 Senate Republican, said on Monday that there would likely be a “discussion” and suggested the Rules Committee could take up the issue.

- Alexander Bolton contributed