Chuck Schumer, Mitch McConnell want flags kept at half-staff until John McCain is buried

August 27, 2018


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., on Monday asked for the Defense Department’s help in lowering American flags to half-staff on all government buildings until the late Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is buried this weekend.

“Senators Schumer & McConnell have requested that the @DeptofDefense provide necessary support so that U.S. flags on all government buildings remain at half mast through sunset on the day of Senator McCain’s internment,” Matt House, communications director for Schumer, announced on Twitter Monday afternoon.

The White House and Pentagon came under criticism Monday after reports that they lowered their flags on Sunday only to raise them back full-staff the following day.

A spokesman for Schumer told the Washington Examiner Monday that the request is standard operating procedure for when a member passes away. They said how the Department of Defense handles the request, what support they provide, and whether they consult the White House is up to them.

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