Wednesday, July 29, 2015

AZ US Senator John McCain Statements and Actions 7-22 to 7-29-2015

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Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today delivered the following opening statement at a hearing on the military implications of the Iran nuclear agreement with Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey, Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, and Secretary of Treasury Jacob Lew:
“The Committee meets today to begin a series of oversight hearings on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which the United States and other major powers have signed with Iran. We welcome our distinguished witnesses and thank them for joining us today. We also appreciate Secretaries Kerry, Moniz and Lew being willing to forego their opening statements so as to save more time for questions.
Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) today released the following statement on his vote yesterday to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, which since 2007 has provided financing for 148 Arizona businesses to reach new markets and create jobs:
“Yesterday, I voted in support of Arizona small businesses and the jobs they support by joining 65 of my colleagues in voting to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank,” said Senator McCain. “Since 2007, 148 companies across Arizona, mostly small and medium-sized enterprises, have tapped into the financing opportunities provided by the Ex-Im Bank to grow their business, create jobs, and export $1 billion in products to countries like Mexico and Australia. While I am pleased that the reauthorization included stronger oversight provisions to protect the American taxpayer, more needs to be done to reform the program. Ultimately, reauthorizing Ex-Im opens the door for businesses all over Arizona to better compete in the international marketplace and create the jobs our state needs.”
Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) released the following statement today applauding Arizona Snowbowl on the announcement that it will build its first new chair lift in 30 years, providing visitors direct access to some of the mountain’s newest and best terrain:
Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) today introduced in the Senate the Border Security Technology Accountability Act of 2015, companion legislation to a bill sponsored by Representative Martha McSally (R-AZ) that passed in the House of Representatives yesterday to improve the management and accountability of new border technology projects. The bill follows numerous reports showing Department of Homeland Security acquisition programs are at “high-risk” for waste, fraud and abuse
U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) delivered the following statement on the floor of the U.S. Senate regarding the harmful effects of the Obama Administration’s federal environmental regulations on Arizona small businesses and consumers
Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) delivered the following statement on the floor of the U.S. Senate regarding the harmful effects of the Obama Administration’s federal environmental regulations on Arizona small businesses and consumers:
“Mr. President:
“All Americans, but especially Arizonans, should be concerned about the crushing wall of federal environmental regulations that President Obama has been announcing is coming our way. As Politico recently noted, ‘Two years [after the president originally announced his intent to take executive action on climate change], scarcely a week goes by without the administration unveiling a new climate change initiative.’ Common among all these regulations is their complete disregard for how businesses really operate and how they’ll adversely affect those businesses and their consumers.
Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy this week expressing concern about the damage that the Administration’s “Clean Water Rule” is doing to the State of Arizona, and questioning whether the agency considered how the rule would impact local economies before implementing it.
Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) today released the following statement on a protest in Washington, D.C. of the Resolution Copper land exchange in Superior, Arizona:
“I am very proud of our successful bipartisan effort to advance the Resolution Copper mine project, which will create thousands of jobs and generate billions in economic activity for Arizona. It’s a major victory for our state after years of hard work.
“The truth is, this land exchange legislation was a bipartisan compromise arrived at after a decade of debate and public testimony in Congress. It does not involve any tribal land or federally-designated ‘sacred sites.’ The land exchange decommissions the Oak Flat Campground, which was established by a 1955 Interior Department Public Land Order for recreational purposes, not on any religious or cultural grounds. Further, the land exchange bill included key concessions to address concerns from anti-mining activists, including requiring a full environmental impact study on the mine in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act before the land is transferred to the mine, and designating the majestic Apache Leap cliffs – celebrated by Apache folklore – as a Forest Service special management area, placing them under permanent federal protection

Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain joined Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) and 41 other Senators today in sending a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell following the release of footage by the Center for Medical Progress depicting senior Planned Parenthood Federation of America executives discussing in gruesome detail the organization’s role in harvesting the organs of unborn babies. In the letter, the Senators question the legal, ethical, and policy implications of the footage and call on HHS Secretary Burwell to cooperate with ongoing and future investigations into Planned Parenthood’s practices.

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