Congressional leaders formally announced Sunday that Sen. John McCain will lie in State in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda — an exceedingly high honor rarely granted to public officials.
“The nation mourns the loss of a great American patriot, a statesman who put his country first and enriched this institution through many years of service,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “I appreciate my colleagues and the entire Senate and House family’s assistance with this honor.”
Mr. McConnell’s office said he had been coordinating with Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on the arrangements.
Mr. McConnell’s office said more information about the ceremony would be forthcoming.
Mr. Ducey said on Twitter that the Arizona arrangements mark “a rare and distinct occurrence for a truly special man.”
“John McCain is Arizona, and we will honor his life every way we can,” the governor said.
Mr. McCain died Saturday at the age of 81 after a yearlong battle with cancer.
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