Saturday, August 1, 2015

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton on Voting in Phoenix Election

Voting in Phoenix is underway -- and if you vote by mail, you've probably already received your ballot.

Before you return your ballot, we wanted to let you know how Greg's voting on the propositions and which candidates he’s endorsing. 

Greg's voting YES on each of the ballot propositions for Phoenix -- as well as urging voters to re-elect the councilmembers on the ballot.

If you want to read more about why Greg's supporting each initiative, please click here.

We hope you’ll join Greg in voting Yes for Phoenix.

Thanks!

-- Team Stanton

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Arizona Senator John McCain Statement-Bills and Press Releases

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Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today on the U.S. Marine Corps’ declaration that the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 (VMFA-121), based in Yuma, Arizona, has reached initial operational capability with the F-35B Lightning II aircraft:
Washington, D.C. ­– Today, the U.S. Senate passed critical measures introduced by Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) that would pave the way for the establishment of the Sonoran Corridor and the future Interstate 11 (I-11). These roads will ensure that Arizona has the infrastructure it needs to develop significant international trade routes for the Western United States.The provisions, which Senators McCain and Flake originally introduced with the Sonoran Corridor Interstate Development Act of 2015 and the Intermountain West Corridor Development Act of 2015 this Congress, were ultimately included as part of the broader, long-term highway bill, the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act, that passed the Senate today. These provisions would designate the Sonoran Corridor as a future interstate to connect I-19 to I-10 south of the Tucson International Airport, and extend the future I-11 from Phoenix north to Las Vegas and I-80, and south to Arizona’s southern border.
Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) today introduced the USA Act, legislation that would implement recommendations included in the Government Accountability Office’s annual duplication report to reduce waste and create efficiencies throughout the federal government. One of the key savings in this legislation would be the replacement of the dollar bill with the more sustainable and efficient dollar coin, which is estimated to generate at least $4.4 billion and up to $13.8 billion in taxpayer savings.
Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) this week joined Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA), Rand Paul (R-KY), James Lankford (R-OK) and 21 other Senators to introduce legislation that would defund Planned Parenthood while protecting women’s health. The bill follows gruesome footage showing Planned Parenthood’s role in the harvesting of unborn babies’ body parts. In addition to defunding Planned Parenthood, the legislation would preserve federal funding for women’s health services, including relevant diagnostic laboratory and radiology services, well-child care, prenatal and postpartum care, and immunization. It would also sustain funding for sexually transmitted disease testing, cervical and breast cancer screenings, and referrals
Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) delivered the following remarks today on defense acquisition reform at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Procurement Council Policy Meeting in Washington, D.C.:

“Thank you, Jim, for that warm introduction. I am very pleased to be back among friends at the Chamber of Commerce. Over the past several years, the American people have been through a trying period of economic uncertainty. But through it all, the Chamber has been a constant champion for American free enterprise, the principles that made our economy the envy of the world and that remain the surest path to jobs, growth, and opportunity for all.

Arming Troops at Home Secretary of Defense Ash Carter Read Memo

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Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Wednesday ordered the military services to develop new policies that could potentially arm more military personnel who are not regularly engaged in law enforcement responsibilities. Entitled “Force Protection Recommendations Following the Chattanooga Shooting,” the secretary’s memorandum orders the services to review their force protection and security policies, programs and procedures, particularly for the military’s 7,000 off-base facilities located on college campuses, in leased shopping mall office space, and elsewhere. His memo focuses on a review of DOD Directive 5210.56, in which the arming of personnel not regularly engaged in security or law enforcement could be extended to qualified personnel based on the threat and immediate need to protect DOD property and lives. Also under consideration could be the application of the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004, which in 2013 was extended to allow credentialed military personnel who actively work in law enforcement to conceal carry while off duty in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It does not, however, authorize them to conceal carry while on duty, unless their military duties require it. The service secretaries have until Aug. 21 to submit their courses of action. Read Carter’s memo: 

Arizona Rep Paul Gosar Statements-Bills and Press Releases

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee successfully passed the Senate version of the Congressman’s Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) Transparency Act of 2015 by voice vote:
“Many of the facilities operated by BOR are in desperate need of repairs. Unfortunately, Congress doesn’t know what the agency’s priorities are or what needs to be fixed as Reclamation has done a poor job of compiling and reporting this information to date.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after joining five other original sponsors in introducing H.R. 3279, the Open Book on Equal Access to Justice Act, which aims to strengthen the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA) by reinstating the tracking and reporting requirements for how much money is being paid out by the federal government under this law:
“Given the rampant waste, fraud and abuse that has infected the federal government, increasing transparency of how taxpayer dollars are spent is more important than ever. The intent of the Equal Access to Justice Act was to help the average Joe fight back against an overreaching and oppressive federal government. Unfortunately, this well-intentioned law has been hijacked by environmentalists whose lawyers are billing taxpayers for rates as high as $750 an hour.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after introducing the Downwinders Compensation Act of 2015 which will ensure partial restitution to victims who now have cancer and other serious medical issues as a result of being exposed to nuclear fallout and radiation during government testing:
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after submitting revelatory evidence into the Congressional Record after participating in a full Oversight and Government Reform Committee Hearing titled “EPA Mismanagement Part II” where he questioned EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthy, on recent reports that senior Army Corps of Engineer (Corps) employees expressed serious legal and scientific deficiencies with the final draft of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after a press conference held by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee announcing a letter to President Obama, which Congressman Gosar signed, calling for the removal of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen for his dereliction of duty and breach of public trust

Arizona Rep Matt Salmon Statements-Bills and Press Releases

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressmen Scott Peters (CA-52) and Matt Salmon (AZ-05), bipartisan co-chairs of the Congressional Algae Caucus, introduced the “Carbon Capture Research and Development Act.” The bill would help speed the development and deployment of new technologies that can convert captured CO2 to fuels, chemicals, and other products by adding “conversion, use, and storage of carbon dioxide” to the Fossil Energy Office’s list of research areas
Washington, D.C.—Today, Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) announced the last bill in his 2015 Shrink our Spending Initiative, focused on highlighting and cutting wasteful, taxpayer-funded programs. Upon introduction of his latest bill to cut federal funding for the Kiddio: Food Fight video game grant, Salmon released the following statement:
Washington, D.C. — Today, Congressmen Matt Salmon (AZ-05) and Pete Sessions (TX-32) introduced the Safe Campus Act to address a growing number of issues related to sexual assaults on college campuses.
Washington, D.C.—Today, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D, HI-02) a member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, introduced a bipartisan resolution calling on the government of Bangladesh to increase human rights protections, strengthen democratic institutions, and prevent the growth of extremist groups in the country. The resolution comes as ISIS and other trans-national radical Islamic groups continue to grow their influence in areas like South Asia. Co-sponsors include Asia and the Pacific Subcommittee Chairman Matt Salmon (R, AZ-05) and Rep.
Washington, D.C.—Today, Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) announced the tenth bill in his Shrink our Spending Initiative, focused on highlighting and cutting wasteful, taxpayer-funded programs. Upon introduction of his latest bill to cut federal funding for the United Nations Democracy Fund, Salmon released the following statement:
Washington, D.C.—Today, Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) announced the last bill in his 2015 Shrink our Spending Initiative, focused on highlighting and cutting wasteful, taxpayer-funded programs. Upon introduction of his latest bill to cut federal funding for the Kiddio: Food Fight video game grant, Salmon released the following statement

Washington, D.C. — Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) today released the following statement after voting in favor of the bill he introduced with Rep. Duncan Hunter (CA-50), H.R. 3009, the Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Does More than Drug Bust

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EL PASO, Texas -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the El Paso port of entry made four drug busts Thursday. The enforcement activity netted 13 pounds of cocaine in one case and 162 pounds of marijuana...
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DEL RIO, Texas – On July 31, Border Patrol Search Trauma and Rescue (BORSTAR) agents and CBP Office of Air and Marine rescued a man who was reported missing the previous morning. “Beyond our daily enforcement duties, we also have a responsibility to...
07/31/2015 02:45 PM EDTMIAMI - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Miami seaport seized 10,788 high-fashion counterfeit Gucci and Coach handbags arriving in a shipment from China on July 15. Had the goods been genuine, the designer handbags would have...
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TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Tampa seized over 860 counterfeit Ray-Ban sunglasses arriving in a shipment from China on July 13. Had the goods been genuine, the designer handbags would have an estimated...

IRAN:DEATH TO AMERICA SOS John Kerry Says Doesn't Mean They Want to Kill Us

Iran: Obama Admin Lying About Nuclear Deal for ‘Domestic Consumption’Senior Iranian officials are accusing the Obama administration of lying about the details of the recent nuclear accord in order to soothe fears among U.S. lawmakers and Americans about the implications of the deal, which will release billions of dollars to the Islamic Republic while temporarily freezing its nuclear program, according to reports from Iran’s state-controlled media.
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This week John Kerry told Congress that the regular “Death to America!” chants by the Iranian regime does not mean they want to kill us.
When Kerry appeared before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday to defend the Iran nuclear agreement, Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) asked him about Tehran’s policy in the light of the“death to America” chants common at events presided over by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hasan Rouhani.
“It is the policy of the ayatollah – if you can answer for him – that Iran wants to destroy the United States?” Poe asked Kerry. “Is that still their policy, as far as you know?”
[Kerry:] “I don’t believe they’ve said that. I think they’ve said ‘Death to America’ in their chants, but I have not seen this specific.”
“Well, I kind of take that to mean that they want us dead,” Poe said. “That would seem like that would be their policy. He said that. That – you don’t think that’s their policy?” …

“I think they have a policy of opposition to us and of great enmity, but I have no specific knowledge of a plan by Iran to actually destroy us,” Kerry replied.

The Clinton's Pay $43 Million in Federal Taxes Over 7 Years

The Clinton's pay their fair share in federal taxes.
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Hillary and former President Bill Clinton, from 2007 to 2014, paid more than $43 million in federal taxes, more than $13 million in state taxes and donated nearly $15 million to charity, according to data and a statement posted on her presidential campaign website. Clinton released eight years of tax returns Friday.

The Clintons paid an effective federal tax rate of 35.7 percent and a combined federal, state and local effective rate of 45.8 percent last year, she said in a statement. They also donated 10.8% of their income to charity. It is not clear how much of that money went to The Clinton Foundation, their family's philanthropic organization.

Trade Deal Falls Short of Agreement Jeopardizes Obama's Top Goal for 2nd Term

Top trade officials from the 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership countries fell short of reaching agreement on the biggest trade deal in history Friday, potentially jeopardizing one of President Barack Obama's top goals for his second term.Image result for trade deal obama
Despite progress on several issues, the talks stalled on several longstanding disagreements, including Canadian dairy market access, Japanese barriers to auto and rice imports, and U.S. demands for strong intellectual property protections for a new generation of pharmaceuticals.

The countries in the deal, which also include Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Vietnam, account for 40 percent of global economic output. Read More: HERE