WASHINGTON, DC -- Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, this evening released the following statement:
“Pat and I join in the heartbreak of Americans across the country tonight learning of the loss of John McCain. History will record Senator McCain as one of the great Americans of the 20th and 21st centuries. His legacy is one of dignity, integrity, and tireless service to the country he loved.
“John and I worked closely on national-security issues for decades. He embodied the old axiom that politics should stop at the water’s edge. He acted not out of partisan or political concern, but in our country’s interests as he saw them. He was a hero, a statesman, and a friend to all who knew and worked with him.
“My heart goes out to his wife, Cindy; his mother, Roberta; his children; and all his family in this difficult time.”