Friday, June 19, 2015
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) today released the following statement on the U.S. Senate’s passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 (NDAA) by a 71-25 vote, and the provisions within it that are important to Arizona’s continued contributions to defending America’s national security and to Arizona service members and military families: Video
“I am very proud that the Senate voted overwhelmingly today to pass the National Defense Authorization Act – important legislation that strengthens Arizona’s vital contributions to U.S. national security and improves the quality of life for our state’s service members and military families. As Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I worked for months on this legislation, which delivers some of the most sweeping reforms to the Defense Department in decades, ensuring that we make the best use of Arizonans’ limited tax dollars while providing our military men and women with the best training and equipment to fulfill their missions. More
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today regarding the Senate’s passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 in a 71-25 vote:
“The Senate’s overwhelming, bipartisan vote reflects the vital importance of this legislation to our men and women in uniform, especially at a time of growing threats to our national security. I hope today’s result will encourage the President to abandon his misguided veto threat.
STATEMENT BY SENATOR JOHN McCAIN ON MINE OPPONENTS’ EFFORT TO REPEAL RESOLUTION COPPER LAND EXCHANGE
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) today released the following statement on mine opponents introducing legislation to repeal the Resolution Copper land exchange, which was passed by both Houses of Congress with bipartisan support and signed by President Obama last December as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015:
“I am extremely proud to have worked with Democrats and Republicans to pass the Resolution Copper land exchange last year. It was a major victory for Arizona after years of hard work.
SENATORS McCAIN, FLAKE, JOHNSON & SCHUMER INTRODUCE BILL TO HELP HIRE VETERANS FOR UNDERSTAFFED PORTS
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today introduced the Border Jobs for Veterans Act, a bill that would require the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to cooperate to recruit and expedite the hiring of outgoing U.S. military service members for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer positions at U.S. ports of entry. The bill addresses delays associated with CBP’s thorough hiring process, which have left land ports of entry along the U.S. border understaffed despite funding for 2,000 additional officers. The bill would not raise costs or impact existing veteran-hiring authorities.
“This bill is a win-win for retiring American service members and the communities on our southern border,” said Senator McCain. “It would help Customs and Border Protection overcome widespread staffing deficiencies at ports of entry by encouraging the department to hire veterans who have already obtained the background checks and security clearances needed for these jobs. We must do everything we can to help all separating service members successfully reenter the workforce, and this bipartisan bill would provide veterans with vital opportunities to continue serving and protecting the nation.”
SENATE APPROVES AMENDMENT SPONSORED BY SENATORS JOHN McCAIN & DIANNE FEINSTEIN AFFIRMING PROHIBITION ON TORTURE
Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Senate voted today to accept amendment #1889, sponsored by Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016, that would reaffirm the prohibition on torture and ensure that every U.S. government agency always applies the same effective, humane interrogation standards as the U.S. military. Specifically, the amendment would make the Army Field Manual the standard for all U.S. government personnel when interrogating foreign terrorist detainees, and guarantee the International Committee of the Red Cross access to foreign detainees held by the U.S. government, which is longstanding U.S. military practice.
Senator McCain spoke about the amendment on the Senate floor this morning, and released the following statement on the amendment’s passage by a 78-21 vote:
STATEMENT BY SENATOR JOHN McCAIN ON INTERIOR DEPARTMENT’S OPPOSITION TO GRAND CANYON BISON MANAGEMENT ACT
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) released the following statement today on testimonyby the Interior Department this week opposing legislation he introduced with Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) that would enlist volunteer hunters to cull bison and protect lands inside Grand Canyon National Park:
“The bison population inside Arizona’s Grand Canyon National Park has exploded to over 600, overgrazing and destroying its pristine lands, and yet the Interior Department says it opposes our bill because it’s busy conducting its own study which began in April 2014 and won’t be completed until December 2016 at the earliest. Nowhere in its testimony did the Interior Department argue that our common-sense solution to enlist volunteer hunters wouldn’t work. Hunters are eager to help manage these herds and will recover the full animal carcass at no cost to the U.S. taxpayer. The Interior Department is taking too long to advance a solution to stop the degradation of Grand Canyon National Park, which I believe must be preserved and protected so that it remains a national treasure for generations to come.”
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) today released the following statement on Democrats’ defeat of trade promotion legislation:
“Today Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats dealt a devastating blow to American businesses, American workers, and American global leadership. The failure to send Trade Promotion Authority legislation to the President’s desk will be seen around the world as a sign of American weakness and retrenchment, letting countries like China fill the void and rewrite international trade rules in ways that hurt our economy and security. I urge House Democrats to reconsider this self-destructive folly and pass this vitally important trade legislation next week.”