I cannot thank Congress without expressing my respect for Senator McCain for his steadfast courage amd his service and my deepest condolences to his family for the loss of a man who represented all the ideals America stands for. Senator John McCain was a man who served his country honorably as a naval officer, as a defiant prisoner of war standing with his brothers in arms until all returned home together, and as a leader in Congress including Chairman of the Senate Arms Service Committee.
In all he did Senator McCain never lost sight of our shared purpose in defense of freedom. For in his words, and I quote, a shared purpose does not claim our identity, it enlarges, on the contrary, it enlarges your sense of self. So our nation has lost a great patriot and our military has lost one of our most ardent supporters.
The fiscal year 19 National for Defense Authorization Act is named for Senator McCain and it meets all of DOD's critical needs.