WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) released the following statement regarding the passing of Senator John McCain (R-AZ):

“John McCain defined what it means to be an American hero, and our country will forever be indebted to him for his service to our country. He battled cancer head on with the same bravery and fearlessness he displayed throughout his life, and it’s that fighting spirit that we will remember. Jennifer and I send our thoughts and prayers to the entire McCain family as we share in their grief.”