- Associated Press - Friday, April 22, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - Republican U.S. Sen. John McCain and Democratic U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick momentarily aligned interests Friday to question EPA officials during a field hearing on a mine spill that polluted rivers in three Western states last summer.

Kirkpatrick is currently running for McCain’s seat in the Senate and the two could square off in the November election.

Despite that, McCain said Congress needs to work together and he appreciates Kirkpatrick’s work representing the people of her district including the Navajo Nation, which was affected by the spill.

McCain asked Kirkpatrick to join him and a fellow Senator Friday in questioning EPA officials about the 3 million-gallon spill at the inactive Gold King Mine last August.

The Navajo Nation is a key voting bloc for anyone looking to win the Senate seat.

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