Senator Marco Rubio is making an effort to create and name the Senate Human Rights Commission after Senator John McCain, who passed away earlier this year.
This week, Senator Rubio joined other senators in a bipartisan effort in introducing a resolution that would create John S. McCain III Human Rights Commission, which would “examine human rights violations through regular hearings and briefings, and promote human rights initiatives in the Senate.”
Speaking on the resolution, Senator Rubio detailed that “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. 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.”
The other lawmakers that Senator Rubio joined are Republican Senators Todd Young of Indiana and Thom Tillis from North Carolina aside from Democratic Senators Jeff Merkley from Orgeon. Chris Coons from Delaware and Ed Markey from Massachusetts.
Thom Tillis added that “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. 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.”
After Senator McCains death, there was an outpour of bipartisan support in remembering the Senator’s life and service to the United States.