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Marco Rubio Wants to Name Senate Human Rights Commission After John McCain

December 11, 2018 - 9:45am
Marco Rubio and John McCain
Marco Rubio and John McCain

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubo, R-Fla., is calling on the federal government to create a human rights commission and name it after U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who passed away earlier this year. 

On Monday, Rubio joined Republican U.S. Sens. Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Todd Young of Indiana and Democrats U.S. Sens. Chris Coons of Delaware, Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Ed Markey of Massachusetts in bringing out a resolution to create the John S. McCain III Human Rights Commission to “examine human rights violations through regular hearings and briefings, and promote human rights initiatives in the Senate.” The senators noted that the commission would be modeled after the U.S. House’s Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission.

Rubio and the other senators behind the resolution praised McCain for his record on human rights on Monday.

“This proposed commission would honor Senator John McCain, who dedicated his life to promoting and protecting the democratic and moral values that we as Americans cherish,” Rubio said. “In the Senate, he was a tireless champion for the God-given rights of all people and worked to expose violations of human dignity in the darkest corners of the world. Today, on the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, I am proud to join my colleagues in continuing that work in the days ahead.”

“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 . “I am hopeful that we can advance this legislation and honor Senator McCain’s legacy by establishing a bipartisan commission here in the Senate that is dedicated to raising awareness about human rights abuses and promoting human liberty around the world.”

“Our late friend and colleague John McCain understood that promoting and defending human rights was a cornerstone of America’s foreign policy and an inherent way of advancing American values, from leading the passage of the Magnitsky Act to sanctioning authoritarian regimes that hold contempt for human life,” Tillis said. “It’s an honor to join Senator Coons in proposing the establishment of the McCain Human Rights Commission, which will carry on John McCain’s legacy of shining a light on human rights abuses across the world and building bipartisan coalitions to take action.”

"John McCain understood the importance of American international leadership on human rights, and establishing this commission is an important and appropriate way to honor him and reinforce the central role of human rights in American foreign policy," Young said.

Comments

Once again, I'm with Rubio on this one, too!

Republicans should not be naming anything after John McCain as he did not serve the Republican Party or his Republican colleagues. Rather, he kowtowed to the Demoncrats time and time again!

Stop naming committees and things after people! Others then attach a greater sense of importance to the committee or thing than appropriate.

"Songbird" McCain just never EVEN "rose to the level" of having streets named after him, (a la Martin Luther King)... Humanitarian????..., didn't the "songbird" rain "fire" down on Vietnam regularly during his "spotty" "public service" career?!?

A slap in the presidents face Marco Rubio. Trump not even allowed at his funeral. His funeral was an attack on our president... This proves where you stand. Why don't you address the Medicare and Medicaid fraud that Senators in SC are having to take of because you are failing your duty. https://www.tmz.com/2018/09/18/cindy-mccain-john-dislike-donald-trump-lindsey-graham/?vtest=100

No thank you!

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