Washington (CNN) – Sen. John McCain is wasting no time trying to get his newest Republican colleague, Sen.-elect Scott Brown of Massachusetts, seated and voting in the in the chamber.
Brown's "victory sent a strong message that you and I have long known – Americans are furious with the liberal leadership in Washington," McCain wrote in an e-mail sent Wednesday to supporters of his Country First political action committee. "Their out of control spending and proposed takeover of health care are destructive to our country and we must continue to fight against it."
"Today, we've put together a petition urging Democrats to seat Scott Brown immediately and I ask that you sign this petition right away," McCain writes.
Re-enforcing a Brown campaign pledge that helped power the Republican's successful long-shot bid to occupy the seat held by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy for more than 40 years, McCain told supporters that Brown's presence in the Senate was critical to derailing Democratic plans to pass a health care reform bill.
"Pushing to let Scott Brown represent the people that elected him is a critical step in stopping this bill from becoming law," McCain told supporters.
Asked when Brown would be seated, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told CNN that the Republican would not be seated until his election was certified by the Massachusetts Secretary of State. President Obama has called on Congress not to take action on the health care bill until Brown is seated.