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“I think you’re going to find a large number of Republicans voting for this package. I regret that Mr. McCain says he is not,” said Sen. Charles Schumer, New York Democrat, on “Fox News Sunday.”

Mr. McCain, long considered a maverick in his own party, said he would continue to lead the “loyal opposition” to the Democratic majority, but was sympathetic to his former opponent’s challenges.

“I don’t have to tell anyone in America this president faces greater challenge than any, probably going back to Abe Lincoln,” Mr. McCain said.