Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) made his triumphant return to the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, receiving a bipartisan standing ovation and delivering a rousing speech encouraging lawmakers to work together to improve the health care system in America.
Last week, McCain was diagnosed with a primary glioblastoma, an aggressive and rare form of brain cancer. He had a malignant tumor surgically removed. Days later, he was back in action.
McCain began his speech by joking that he was probably “looking a little worse for wear,” referring to his surgery wounds. But his joking demeanor quickly turned serious.
“Make no mistake, my service here is the most important job I've had in my life,” he said.
McCain urged the Senate to embrace the longstanding principles of bipartisanship and compromise to make incremental progress and make America a better country. He criticized “both sides” for allowing the Senate to become inefficient and failing to get things done.