Senate Democrats will continue to grill Republican Sens.
John McCain John Sidney McCainGOP may not survive Trump, but the economy is moving in the right direction: report Dems seek to boost turnout among African-Americans, Latinos and young voters in key midterm races MORE (Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham Lindsey Olin GrahamGOP senator calls for Kavanaugh, Flake to testify publicly on Kavanaugh Senate Democrats press McCain on Kavanaugh: ‘You’ve said this before, you’ve said it loud and clear’ The Hill’s Morning Report — Kavanaugh, Ford testify: What to watch for MORE (S.C.) about their use of government-issued bicycle tires on Capitol grounds during hearings last week.
The Senate’s top Democrat and the chairman of the House Transportation Committee said Thursday that both senators should answer questions about their conduct during the Senate hearing.
“Senator McCain should answer the questions he’s given, and Senator Graham should answer his own questions, when it comes to his own use of bicycle tires in his own office,” said Sen. Elizabeth Warren Elizabeth Ann WarrenTop consumer bureau official blasts colleague over blog posts dismissing racism Overnight Health Care: Senate passes opioid bill | Trump signs spending bill | GOP to extend subsidies to help opioid crisis victims Dems seek vote on extension of opioids relief program MORE (Mass.).
“I am asking Senator Graham to explain why he and his staff used government-issue bicycle tires at his office.”
The hearing was called by the Senate Judiciary Committee in response to a complaint by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) that Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Addison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell says Kavanaugh nomination moving forward as Trump administration faces backlash over Iran deal | Senators unveil new sanctions bill Senate Republicans unveil new bill to avert default on debt GOP senators unveil new measure to avert $1 trillion in tax increases MORE (Ky.) was misleading members of the public and the public about the extent of the damage caused by the tire pump during his hearing on Tuesday.
The senators, along with Sen. Dianne Feinstein Dianne Emiel FeinsteinElection Countdown: Kavanaugh allegations put GOP in tough spot | Republicans start to pull plug on candidates | Dems get early start in Iowa | Overnight Defense: Mattis dismisses talk of raising defense spending | Pentagon to equip 1st Infantry Division with TOW missiles | Latest on U.S.-Russia relations: Trump tariffs potential tariffs on Chinese goods MORE (Calif.), are demanding answers from both McCain and Graham, who are the chair and ranking members of both the Judiciary and Commerce Committees.
The NAM, the nation’s largest trade association, filed a complaint with the committee on Tuesday that questioned whether the senators’ staff members “misrepresented” the extent to which the tire pumps damaged the floor of the Senate and other parts of the Capitol during hearings.
The tire pump, designed by a company called NAPC, was designed for use by the senators in their offices and is designed to be removed when the senators are not on the floor.
During the hearing, senators asked the senators if they had used NAPCs tire pump on Capitol Grounds before, and McCain replied that he did not recall.
Sen. Chuck Grassley Charles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyCotton says he will vote for Kavanaugh after Senate hearing Grassley says Kavanaugh will be confirmed despite new allegations from women GOP senators push forward despite new Kavanaugh allegations MORE (R-Iowa), chairman of both committees, said he had seen no evidence that the senators used the tire, saying the committee had reviewed the complaint and was looking into the complaint.
“I’m not going to go to that point,” Grassley said.
“The question that we have is, why did you use the tire?”
“I would have to tell you why you did that,” McCain responded.
“I would think you would be very interested in seeing the record of the tire and the facts behind it.”
The Senate has not held a hearing about the tire issue in years.
The Tire Pressure Response Program (TPRP) is a program that reimburses Congress for the costs of purchasing bicycle tires for the purpose of reducing the risk of tire damage to the Senate floor and other buildings.
The Senate Committee on Appropriations is also investigating whether the tire policy was violated.
McCain’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.