U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) today released the following statement regarding U.S. Senator Carl Levin's (D-MI) decision to retire in 2015:
"I was sorry to hear from my dear friend and colleague Carl Levin that he plans to retire in 2015 after 36 years of dedicated service in the United States Senate.
"Carl and I have served together on the Senate Armed Services Committee since I first joined the Senate in 1987. We have had our disagreements, sometimes passionate, as befits the serious nature of the Committee's business and our obligation to do right by the men and women of the United States armed forces. Throughout these debates, the Committee has remained a haven of comity and bipartisanship in an increasingly polarized Washington. The fact that we have managed to maintain this through contentious times is a tribute to the steady and principled leadership Carl has provided as Chairman or Ranking Member since 1997. Despite the Committee's heavy workload, the pressures of the next election, or the partisan quarrels that often roil the Senate, Carl has managed to keep us working together and delivered, for the 51st straight year, the National Defense Authorization Act. Working alongside Carl has been one of the great honors of my career.
"During our most recent legislative project, I was privileged to have been part of a group, led by Carl, which was able to come to an agreement on filibuster reform. This agreement allowed the body to avert the so-called 'nuclear option' which would have effectively destroyed the Senate as it was designed by our Founding Fathers. Carl's hard work, patience, sense of fairness, and steadfast dedication to the best traditions of the Senate were the glue that held our group together and allowed us to preserve one of America's most important institutions.
"I look forward to working closely with Carl over the next two years, particularly on the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, where Carl has already burnished his legacy of accomplishment with thoughtful Congressional investigations relating to, among other things, the financial services industry and tax abuse.
"Carl is a good and decent man whom the people of Michigan and America owe a deep debt of gratitude, and whom I am proud to call a friend. Carl's continued leadership on a range of issues will be vital, as it has been for many years, to finding common ground as we continue to address the great issues of our time. I look forward to working with him on these important efforts."