Schumer Rips McCain For Downplaying Senate Work on 9-11 Bill As “Fooling Around”

Dec 17, 2010 6:14pm

ABC News’ Matthew Jaffe reports: Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY, today ripped Sen. John McCain, R-AZ, for belittling the Senate’s work on the 9-11 health care bill as “fooling around.” Earlier today McCain, speaking on the Senate floor, refused a Democratic request for a time agreement on the START debate because of “all of the fooling around that we’ve been doing on DREAM Act, on New York City, on all of these other issues that have taken up our time.” Schumer wasted no time in pouncing on McCain for his comments. “This is not fooling around. These men and the thousands of others on 9-11 who rushed to the fallen towers were not fooling around… they were risking their lives,” Schumer said, pointing to a poster of first responders.   “To call helping them fooling around is saddening and frustrating,” he stated. “We are not fooling around. We are fulfilling our duty as patriotic Americans to all of those from New York and elsewhere who rushed to the towers.” “I repeat, I underline, it is not fooling around on New York City,” he concluded. McCain then disputed Schumer’s interpretation of his comments, arguing that he was taking issue with the Senate considering the bill at this time, not the bill itself. “For the senator from New York to somehow interpret that as me being critical of the bill itself is an incredible stretch of the imagination and I resent it,” McCain said. Schumer was not the only senator to blast McCain’s comments. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-NJ, issued a statement calling McCain’s comments “shocking.”  

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