12/11/2018 — 

WASHINGTON, DC – Tomorrow evening, December 12, the late U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) will receive the prestigious Jacob K. Javits Prize for Bipartisan Leadership during a special award ceremony in Washington, DC.

McCain, the former Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Reed, the committee’s Ranking Member, are being recognized by the Javits Foundation for their exemplary efforts to facilitate bipartisanship, successfully work across the aisle, and advance the public interest through legislative action. 

The Jacob K. Javits Prize for Bipartisan Leadership was established in 2016 by the Marian B. and Jacob K. Javits Foundation. The Foundation was created in 1986 by former U.S. Senator Jacob Javits (R-NY) who served for 24 years in the U.S. Senate and became one of most respected and influential political figures of his time.

The annual award is bestowed on public servants who take bipartisan action to cut through Congressional gridlock and find bipartisan solutions to pressing national challenges.

A West Point graduate and former Army Ranger, Jack Reed has demonstrated an ability throughout his career to bridge partisan divides, bring people together, and get results.

His bipartisan Childhood Cancer STAR Act, signed into law this year by President Trump, has been called “the most comprehensive childhood cancer legislation ever introduced into Congress,” and will help find new treatments and improve outcomes for patients battling pediatric cancer.

As Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development, Reed has successfully worked alongside Chairman Susan Collins (R-ME) on a bipartisan basis to boost federal investments in housing, transportation, and community development initiatives. 

And as the Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, he worked closely with Chairman McCain to support our troops and enhance the military’s ability to respond to new and emerging threats.  Under their leadership, the committee continued a bipartisan tradition of working together, and for the 57th consecutive year, advanced a bipartisan defense policy bill.

“Even though we found ourselves on opposite ends of many debates, I always admired Senator McCain for his courage, candor, and commitment to serving the public, not just narrow interests,” Reed said after McCain’s passing. “He understood the importance of working together – and that by moving forward together we can achieve lasting progress.”

WHAT: The Marian B. and Jacob K. Javits Foundation Bipartisan Leadership Award Ceremony and Panel Discussion

WHO: Family of the late U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ)
U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI)
Josh, Carla, and Joy Javits, Javits Foundation
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
U.S. Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ)
U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
U.S. Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ)
Mr. Ben Domenech, Senator McCain’s son-in-law
Ambassador Kurt Volker, Executive Director, The McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University
Kevin Madden, CNN Commentator and former Senior Advisor and Spokesman for Mitt Romney
Michele Jolin, Results for America

WHEN: Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

WHERE: SD-G50 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510